A majority of Americans believe the historical accuracy of the biblical Christmas story and also look forward to gathering with friends and family for the holidays.
Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the globe. A median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of the pontiff.
Majorities of both groups self-identify as Catholic, but the percentage of Catholics is 20 percentage points higher among Mexicans (81%) than among Mexican Americans (61%).
While the degree of racial segregation within religious congregations remains high, some houses of worship in the U.S. have become more diverse in recent years, according to a National Congregations study.
Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%).
Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity.
Even though Catholic Church teaching forbids behaviors like suicide and homosexuality, Protestants across Latin America are more likely than Catholics to see many issues as morally unacceptable.
Nearly 40% of the world's Catholics live in Latin America, but many people in the region have converted from Catholicism to Protestantism, while some have left organized religion altogether.
One-in-five Americans report sharing their religious faith on social networks like Facebook and Twitter in an average week.
Are faith and belief in evolution necessarily at odds?