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.

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