Zika is an enormous challenge for Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.
The Catholic church must recognise its teachings are out of step with reality if ZIka is to be prevented from taking hold in Latin America.
Nominated for six Oscars including Best Picture, Spotlight has won applause for its quiet outrage and strong cast featuring Rachel McAdams, Michael Keaton and Mark Ruffalo.
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As its final moments make clear, Spotlight is not just a movie about past wrongs in one US city. It's a story about too many people, in too many countries, including my home town of Newcastle.
The Spotlight team.
Spotlight tells the story of the investigative team at The Boston Globe which uncovered the extent of the child sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church in Boston.
The progressive present came after many years of struggle.
When it comes to queer rights, a new BBC documentary demonstrates that it is not so long since Scotland was the UK's regressive laggard.
A new book detailing yet more financial scandal at the Vatican shows the scale of the clean-up operation facing Pope Francis I.
The headquarters of The Boston Globe.
For a former Boston reporter, Spotlight evokes the thrill of hard-hitting, influential reporting.
Pope Francis kisses a baby on his way to his weekly audience in the Vatican.
The recent synod of bishops reinforced the church's teaching that the family is enduringly resilient and adaptable, especially in times of crisis.
The Pole who would be king…Jaroslaw Kaczynski.
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When they vote October 25 in parliamentary elections, Poles will be taking a dangerous step into the unknown, and the rest of Europe may not be far behind.
Pope Francis is consulting widely on the reform of church teaching on the family.
What we know of Australian Catholics and their attitudes to reform of church teaching on sex and family reveals a complex picture.
Jesuit astronomers with Chinese scholars in the 18th century.
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As a Jesuit, Pope Francis is part of a long tradition of religious men of science. Will his leadership influence the Catholic Church's stance on contemporary scientific issues?
They see me rollin'…
Pope Francis's US visit is being trumpeted as exceptional, but the Vatican has been a superpower for decades.
Pope Francis and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon are together seeking to mobilise world opinion to change the way we live and produce.
On his first visit to the US, Pope Francis will highlight the challenges of poverty and sustainability. A related issue, he acknowledges, is population. So what does that mean for Catholic teaching?
The GOP’s problem with Pope Francis is that he may be too conservative.
Republicans' problem with the pope is not that he's too liberal on issues such as capitalism, it's that he's too conservative.
Tilting at 21st-century Spain?
Over 500 years ago, first Jews and then Muslims were expelled from Spain. This summer, Spain's Parliament invited the former back but not the latter. Here's what Cervantes might say to his countrymen.
B.A. Santamaria (left) is the subject of a new biography by political commentator Gerard Henderson.
Gerard Henderson has produced a rounded and at times fascinating portrait of B. A. Santamaria. His broad conclusion is that Santamaria was a compelling, skilled and persuasive man who was enormously devoted to his causes.
Peter Singer and Anthony Fisher faced off in a debate over euthanasia on Thursday night.
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The goal in the Peter Singer-Anthony Fisher debate on euthanasia was never to change anyone’s mind but to speak to an existing base.
Here goes nothing.
The pope has announced a tribunal to shine a light on clerical abuse – but the Catholic church is in an irretrievable moral bind.
The Catholic Church's calls to protect children are falling on deaf ears after years of abuse scandals.
Pope Francis and UN head Ban Ki-Moon, who met at the Vatican to discuss climate change, hope to influence this year’s crucial Paris climate talks.
Pope Francis is set to release an encyclical on climate change next month, which he hopes will influence this year's Paris climate talks as well as continuing his work on behalf of the world's poorest.
The Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, Philip Wilson, has been charged with concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s.
Philip Wilson, the Catholic Archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior clergyman in the world to face a charge of concealing sexual abuse in the church.