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  • Most Say Religious Holiday Displays on Public Property Are OK

    • December 15, 2014

    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. Read More

  • Pope Francis’ Image Positive in Much of World

    • December 11, 2014

    Pope Francis, leader of the world’s nearly 1.1 billion Catholics, enjoys broad support across much of the world: a median of 60% across 43 nations have a favorable view of him. Only 11% see the pope unfavorably, and 28% give no rating. Read More

  • Event Transcript: Religion in Latin America

    • November 20, 2014

    Latin America is home to more than 425 million Catholics – nearly 40% of the world’s total Catholic population – and the Roman Catholic Church now has a Latin American pope for the first time in its history. Yet identification with Catholicism has declined throughout the region, according to a major new Pew Research Center […] Read More

  • Religion in Latin America

    • November 13, 2014

    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. Read More

  • Religion and Electronic Media

    • November 6, 2014

    One-in-five Americans report sharing their religious faith on social networks like Facebook and Twitter in an average week, about the same percentage that tune in to religious talk radio, watch religious TV programs or listen to Christian rock music. Read More