February 23, 2013
- BBC News
BBC: How do you count Catholics?
As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to step down next week, speculation is intensifying as to who will lead the reported 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide.
February 21, 2013
- Religion News Service
RNS: Benedict XVI’s poll numbers can’t match John Paul II’s
Pope Benedict XVI never inspired the deep love and admiration enjoyed by his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, but Americans – and American Catholics even more so – still look favorably upon the soon-to-be-former head of the Roman Catholic Church.
February 12, 2013
- The Wall Street Journal
WSJ: Pope resigns in historic move
Pope Benedict XVI will become the first pontiff in six centuries to resign, marking the end of a transitional papacy that focused more on theological and internal renewal and less on the broader challenges that face the Roman Catholic church at the start of its 21st century of existence.
January 03, 2013
BBC: Spiritual, but not religious
Spirituality is a common term these days, used by Prince Charles, and by the Archbishop of York as a way of stepping beyond religious divides.
December 18, 2012
- The New York Times
NYT: Study finds one in 6 follows no religion
A global study of religious adherence released on Tuesday by the Pew Research Center found that about one of every six people worldwide has no religious affiliation.
December 18, 2012
- The Economist
Economist: Faiths and the faithless
RELIABLE data on the age and whereabouts of the religious and irreligious are hard to come by, which makes a new report on the topic from the Pew Research Centre welcome.
December 01, 2012
Reuters: Dutch blasphemy law to fall, Irish one may follow
Laws criminalizing blasphemy are set to be struck down soon in the Netherlands and may disappear in Ireland, but rising tensions in economically battered Greece seem to be reviving pressure to prosecute offenses against God.
September 21, 2012
Reuters: Restrictions on religion rise around the world: report
Legal limits and social pressures against religion have risen to the point where three-quarters of the world's population live in states where practicing their faith is restricted in some way, a new study said on Thursday.