A scholar explains the long process to sainthood and what Pope Francis' recent order might change.
The Catholic Church prohibits the use of gluten-free bread for Communion. The reasons lie in the challenges faced by the Catholic Church in the past.
The hierarchy of the Catholic Church requires nearly absolute obedience. This makes it difficult to speak up against superiors. And by the same token, superiors too can protect offending priests.
Anthony Foster's attention to detail and his clarity about the evil perpetrated in the systematic institutional abuse of children was often the object of media analysis.
The world's media, which has in the past found Zambia uninteresting, are suddenly paying more attention to the impoverished nation, for all the wrong reasons.
The ongoing debate is a continuation of the Philippines' long journey towards reproductive health - and its having been turned into a political and moral issue by various actors.
In countries that identify predominantly as Christian, scripture and its interpretations carry serious sociopolitical weight.
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.