Pope Francis

Pope Francis, everyman pontiff: Profile

Pope Francis has worked to make the Roman Catholic Church more relevant for its 1.2 billion devotees around the world.

Pope Francis, everyman pontiff: Profile

Europe

Catholic priest celibacy: Former Pope Benedict defends it in book

Former Pope Benedict's new book supports celibacy for Catholic priests, in contradiction of Pope Francis' remarks.

Religion

Hardline Hindus protest huge Jesus statue in India's Karnataka

Hindus linked to ruling BJP rally against planned statue that will rival Rio de Janeiro's Christ The Redeemer for size.

Hardline Hindus protest huge Jesus statue in India's Karnataka

Opinion

Decolonising Jesus Christ

The figure of Jesus Christ goes way beyond the image of him which hegemonic European Christianity imposed on the world.

Hamid Dabashi

by Hamid Dabashi

Hamid Dabashi

Christianity

Nine years for 'subversion': Protestant pastor convicted in China

Wang Yi had led Early Rain Covenant Church and was arrested a year ago in a crackdown on unauthorised religious groups.

Nine years for 'subversion': Protestant pastor convicted in China

Religion

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Pontiff leads Christmas celebrations with talk of hope as he rounds off difficult year for Catholic church.

Pope ushers in Christmas with message of 'unconditional love'

Christianity

In Pictures: Christmas around the world

From Christmas protests in Beirut to mountain climbing Santas in Seoul, this is the diversity of celebrations.

In Pictures: Christmas around the world

Pope Francis

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Victims hail the move as much overdue and say it needs to be implemented broadly.

Pope abolishes 'pontifical secrecy' for sex abuse investigations

Reporter's Notebook

Shooting Jerusalem: Life in a segregated city

Filmmaker reflects on the making of his documentary and his bid to find out what it means to live in and identify with the city of Jerusalem.

Sri Lanka bombings

In Sri Lanka, presidential election deepens religious divisions

Attacks targeting Muslims, widespread arrests following Easter bombings, and a divisive campaign deepen community fears.

In Sri Lanka, presidential election deepens religious divisions

United States

How New York's Catholic Church protected priest accused of abuse

The wife of a man who killed himself after living with trauma of alleged abuse by priest as a teenager shares his story.

United States

Abuse claims put Catholic Church in New York City under scrutiny

Allegations raise questions about Cardinal Timothy Dolan's handling of clergy abuse scandal in United States.

Fault Lines

In Bad Faith: Child Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church

Child victims of abuse by a Catholic priest call on New York City's most influential cleric to remove him from ministry.

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.