Education of Muslim women is limited by economic conditions, not religion — PEW Research Center

Muslim societies have sometimes faced criticism for failing to adequately educate women. Boko Haram’s kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria and the Taliban’s attack on Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzaihave contributed to this perception, raising the question of whether Islam itself hampers women’s education. But a new analysis of Pew Research Center data on educational attainment…

Fact Tank: Pope Francis visits the United States — PEW Research Center

Photo credit: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images. Pope Francis is visiting three U.S. cities this week: Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia. Pew Research Center surveys find that about one-in-five Americans are Catholic. A series of Fact Tank posts look at the U.S. Catholic population in light of the pontiff’s visit. A…

PEW Research Center: 5 facts about prayer — By Michael Lipka

May 7 is the National Day of Prayer, on which presidents annually proclaim that “the people of the United States may turn to God in prayer and meditation at churches, in groups, and as individuals.” The day has spawned a rival National Day of Reason on the same day, started by humanist groups and other opponents…

In U.S., Pope’s Popularity Continues to Grow — PEW Forum org

Nine-in-Ten Catholics View Pope Francis Favorably, on Par With Ratings for John Paul II Pope Francis arrives for a special audience for the Cassano allo Jonio diocese at the Vatican on February 21, 2015. Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images Nearly two years after becoming the leader of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis continues to grow more popular…

64 countries have religious symbols on their national flags — PEW Research org

A third of the world’s 196 countries currently have national flags that include religious symbols, according to a new Pew Research analysis. Of the 64 countries in this category, about half have Christian symbols (48%) and about a third include Islamic religious symbols (33%), with imagery on flags from the world’s two largest religious groups…

USA: Public’s Views on Human Evolution — Pew Forum org

NUMBERS, FACTS AND TRENDS SHAPING YOUR WORLD Six-in-ten Americans say that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” while a third reject the idea of evolution, saying that “humans and other living things have existed in their present form since the beginning of time,” according to a new Pew Research Center analysis. Beliefs…

A Portrait of Jewish Americans — Pew Research Center

POLLING AND ANALYSIS A Portrait of Jewish Americans American Jews overwhelmingly say they are proud to be Jewish, but their identity is also changing: 22% of American Jews now say they have no religion. Our major new survey of Jewish Americans explores the group’s attitudes, beliefs and practices. Accompanying interactive tools allow readers to estimate…

Canada’s Changing Religious Landscape: “Nones” and Religious Minorities on the Rise, Religious Attendance in Decline – PEW Research Center

Navigate this report: Overview Growth of Canada’s Religiously Unaffiliated Growth of Canada’s Religious Minorities Decline in Canadians’ Attendance at Religious Services Methodology Canada, As part of their national anthem, “O Canada,” Canadians sing: ” Canadians sing: “God keep our land glorious and free.” The official French version of the song also contains a religious refrain,…