Arts & Culture

Inside Notre Dame: Rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

A tour of the the 850-year-old Gothic cathedral whose roof and steeple were destroyed in the April 15 inferno.

Inside Notre Dame: Rubble, emptiness and an immense task ahead

Vatican

Pope Francis orders priests and nuns to report sex abuse

New church law requires clergy to report suspicions of sexual abuse by clerics of any level.

The Listening Post

Radio Maryja and the media empire of Poland's polarising priest

The story of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk and his radio station that lie at the heart of the country's politics.

Vatican

Pope washes prisoners' feet fifth time since election

Catholic Church leader urges prisoners to help each other instead of following inmate hierarchy as he kisses their feet.

Pope tells prisoners at foot-washing rite shun inmate hierarchy

Europe

Notre Dame fire: Russia, Japan and the Vatican offer help

Some of France's richest people have pledged hundreds of millions of dollars to rebuild the cathedral.

Australia

Vatican official given 6 years for 'appalling' abuse

Judge accuses high-ranking Catholic Church official of 'callous indifference' to the suffering of two boys he molested.

Australian Cardinal George Pell jailed six years for abusing boys

Asia Pacific

Australia: Cardinal George Pell to be sentenced on Wednesday

Pell's conviction has sent shock waves through the Catholic church.

China

China official says West using Christianity to 'subvert' power

Beijing has tightened restrictions on religions it fears are a challenge to the power of the ruling Communist Party.

China official says West using Christianity to 'subvert' power

United Arab Emirates

Pope Francis seeks dialogue on first trip to UAE

On a three-day visit, Pope Francis will promote a dialogue based on tolerance and peace with the Muslim world.

Pope Francis seeks dialogue on first trip to UAE

Philippines

Hundreds of thousands join annual Catholic procession in Manila

Devotees believe touching the Black Nazarene or simply being in its presence will cure sickness and bring good fortune.

Hundreds of thousands join annual Catholic procession in Manila

Ukraine

Ukraine Orthodox Christians mark independence from Russian branch

The Tomos was delivered to the leader of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church during a service in Istanbul in what is being described as one of the biggest rifts in Christianity in recent times.

Opinion

Remember: Christ was a Palestinian refugee

Jesus Christ stands as a towering figure of unity in the face of the divisions and hate being sown among us.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Gaza

Next year in Bethlehem: Gaza Christmas celebrated despite siege

For yet another year, Gaza's Christian minority celebrates Christmas under siege, unable to join family in West Bank.

Next year in Bethlehem: Gaza Christmas celebrated despite siege

Ukraine

Ukraine creates new Orthodox church independent from Russia

Orthodox bishops in Kiev choose leader of a new national church, marking an historic split from Russia.

Ukraine creates new Orthodox church independent from Russia

Algeria

Catholic monks beatified in Algeria, first in a Muslim nation

The Catholic Church has beatified 19 clergymen and women killed in Algeria during the country's 1990s civil war.

Catholic monks beatified in Algeria, first in a Muslim nation