"Society & Religion"
In addition to the two research lines, CITER has developed the Portal/Observatory «Society & Religion», which was built up on previous work carried out by some CITER researchers. The Portal meets the growing need to produce and update measurable information on the composition of religious identities in Portugal. Since there is much public discussion of religious issues, concrete data are contributing to a better understanding of how secular or how religious Portuguese society really is. Main objective is to enable access to religious data for researchers of all backgrounds, and to permit the incorporation of this knowledge into the various public decision processes. The Portal is developed by full members and collaborators with training in social sciences and has already received external funding. The Portal's researchers are also integrated into the research lines and thus guarantee close coordination between the production of quantitative data and the preparation of qualitative interpretations.
Project «Religion in Public Space» - «Believing witout Belonging», a growing tendency in Lisbon
A study recently conducted by CITER (coord. by Alfredo Teixeira) shows that in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area the majority of people are still calling themselves Catholics. However, the habits are changing. In the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, there are more and more believers without professing any certain religion, which corroborates the well-known thesis of «believing without belonging». The majority of the population assumes to be Catholic, but not everyone attends the places of worship regularly. Other results of the study «Religion in Public Space» show that people are tending to manage moments of prayer according to the routines of their lives. For more information, see the resume below or the INFOGRAFIA