Inside Story

Are Christians being targeted in Egypt?

After the killing of 24 worshippers at an Orthodox Christian church, what can be done to prevent further bloodshed?

Middle East

Deadly Cairo church blast angers Egyptians

Demands for accountability follow explosion in chapel near St Mark's Cathedral which left at least 25 worshippers dead.

The Crusades: An Arab Perspective

Shock: The First Crusade and the Conquest of Jerusalem

Background to the holy wars and the First Crusade's conquest of Jerusalem, a holy city for Jews, Christians and Muslims.


The enduring influence of the Crusades

How Muslim extremists and American conservatives came to find comfort in Crusade metaphors.


Evangelical messages resonate in troubled Brazil

Stress on "traditional values" and "adherence to Bible" as people search for new direction in scandal-stricken country.


Reality Check: Religion isn't on the way out

Mehdi Hasan debunks the myth that faith is on the decline.


Is religion to blame for violence?

In a special on religion, we speak to Karen Armstrong and debate New Atheism with Lawrence Krauss and Greg Epstein.


Are 'New Atheists' undermining the atheist cause?

Leading atheists Lawrence Krauss and Greg Epstein debate whether offending the faithful is the right way forward.


Is religion the root of the world's conflicts?

We speak to bestselling author Karen Armstrong, who says politics, not religion, is to blame for the world's conflicts.


Australian cardinal: Church 'mucked up' on sex abuse

George Pell, the Vatican's finance minister, faces grilling via video link from Australian child sex abuse inquiry.

Pope Francis

Pope to round off Mexico trip in former drug bastion

Pope Francis travelling to Ciudad Juarez as it tries to recover from drug violence which left 10,000 people dead.


Christian holy site in Jerusalem vandalised

The graffiti included threats of violence, messages degrading Jesus, and a call for Christians to "go to hell".


Christian college to fire professor over Muslim actions

Academic in hot water for wearing a hijab to class to support Muslims and highlighting Islam-Christianity similarities.


Gaza's Christians: 'Israel can't beat us down'

For the religious minority, celebrating Christmas is an act of defiance in the face of the ongoing Israeli blockade.


Jewish leader demands expulsion of 'Christian vampires'

Israeli hardliner calls for Christmas ban, saying Christians need to be thrown out so they don't 'drink our blood'.