What Pope Francis did in his surprise TED talk was to relate the social message of Catholicism to people’s real lives.
When floods hit the toe of Italy, children were sent away, often for years.
Last week's hearing into the Catholic Church's response to child sex abuse made for grim listening, and showed there is still much reform work to be done.
We are living in a world war fought piecemeal. It is everyone's responsibility to fight for peace.
Under Fidel Castro, Cuba declared itself as an atheist state. Castro's relationship with religion, however, was far more complex. It left a deep impact on the religious identity of Cuba.
50 years after Time magazine's famous 'Is God Dead?' cover, Church attendance numbers are tumbling. But that doesn't mean Christianity is on the way out.
Allowing new faith schools to religiously select 100% of their pupils is not only problematic in terms of social integration, it is simply unfair.
The two church leaders want to promote togetherness between Catholics and Anglicans, but their own churches are bitterly divided.
Called a saint in her lifetime, it has not been a straightforward process to canonise Mother Teresa.
TV news stories often frame contraception as a political or social issue, rather than a medical issue, depriving the public of vital health information.
Islamic State lost ground, Colombia got a chance at lasting peace, and the Pope sounded a liberated note on homosexuality.
Is it true that religious organisations are exempt from paying tax and from standard accounting and record-keeping obligations?
A year ago Pope Francis called for better protection for the environment. Now Catholic institutions look poised for widespread divestment from fossil fuels.
Henry II wouldn't be amused – but rehoming relics is a way of making peace with the past.
The Catholic bishops have exhorted Australians to cast a "vote for the voiceless", but it is doubtful that their plea will be paid much heed – by politicians or the public.
Experience in the US serves to highlight the potential long-term economic consequences if Australia fails to legalise same-sex marriage.
Church cover-ups are extremely serious. Child victims are especially vulnerable and often suffer long-term psychological harm.
Withdrawing support for marriage equality can prompt a community backlash and alienate employees and customers.
In his new exhortation, Pope Francis issues the Catholic Church and its followers a bold challenge: to live God's mercy more authentically.
The 'apostolic exhortation' calls for greater understanding of divorced couples, but falls short of allowing them a full life within the church.