Religion

The Lady of Heaven row: are British cinemas bowing to the mob?
Poster of movie
Talking point

The Lady of Heaven row: are British cinemas bowing to the mob?

Muslim protesters are furious about a film that features one of the Prophet Muhammad’s daughters
16 Jun 2022
Will Pope Francis resign?
Pope Francis
Behind the scenes

Will Pope Francis resign?

Rumours the pontiff could step down after pushing through reforms and struggling with ailing health
7 Jun 2022
Why is China cracking down on Uighur Muslims?
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Fact file

Why is China cracking down on Uighur Muslims?

Police leak provides new insight into Beijing’s mass incarceration system
24 May 2022
The religious leader providing ‘spiritual cover’ for Putin’s war
Patriarch Kirill I
Profile

The religious leader providing ‘spiritual cover’ for Putin’s war

Patriarch Kirill I facing EU sanctions over support for Ukraine invasion
23 May 2022
What is the church’s role in politics?
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury
Talking point

What is the church’s role in politics?

Archbishop of Canterbury doubles down on criticism of the government's Rwanda plan
27 Apr 2022
When does Ramadan start in 2022?
Asian Muslims break their fast in a food hall on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, 14 September 2007. The world's 1.2 billion Muslims marked the first Friday of the holy
In Depth

When does Ramadan start in 2022?

The holiest month in the Islamic calendar is marked by fasting from dawn until dusk
30 Mar 2022
The meaning of Lent – and ten popular things to give up
Coffee
In Depth

The meaning of Lent – and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
25 Feb 2022

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A history of the Trojan Horse scandal
Michael Gove was education secretary at the time of the scandal
In Focus

A history of the Trojan Horse scandal

Hoax letter sparked investigation into alleged conspiracy to Islamise schools across UK
17 Feb 2022
French symbols, pay rises and spring
Muslim women laughing
Podcasts

French symbols, pay rises and spring

Is France about to take an illiberal turn? Is it a bad thing if we all earn more? And is winter coming to a premature end?
4 Feb 2022
Religious tolerance, trans treatment and police misogyny
The star of David
Podcasts

Religious tolerance, trans treatment and police misogyny

Is the Arab world re-embracing its Jews? Are the rights of LGBTQ+ people under threat? And do the police have a misogyny problem?
28 Jan 2022
Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst
Stockmarket prices
Podcasts

Shareholder power, Serbian threats and Anglican angst

Do investors have more power than they realise? Is Bosnia on the verge of breaking up? And who will choose the next Archbishop of Canterbury?
21 Jan 2022
Pope Benedict ‘turned blind eye’ to child sex abuse
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - DECEMBER 25:Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithfuls as he delivers his Christmas Day message 'urbi et orbi' blessing (to the city and to the world) from the central b
Getting to grips with . . .

Pope Benedict ‘turned blind eye’ to child sex abuse

Church-commissioned report says the former pontiff ‘perpetuated a culture of trivialising’ abuse of minors
21 Jan 2022
‘Jews don’t count?’: the debate about racism and anti-Semitism
Police car outside synagogue
Why we’re talking about . . .

‘Jews don’t count?’: the debate about racism and anti-Semitism

FBI criticised for claiming synagogue attack ‘not specifically related to the Jewish community’
17 Jan 2022
Pets vs. babies: exploring the Pope Francis row
Pope Francis
Why we’re talking about . . .

Pets vs. babies: exploring the Pope Francis row

The pontiff has castigated those who ‘renounce parenthood’ – does he have a point?
14 Jan 2022
What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?
Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal lights a menorah on the sixth day of Hanukkah at the Orthodox synagogue at the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Education Center on December 6, 2010
In Depth

What is Hanukkah and how is it celebrated?

One of the key festivals in the Jewish calendar begins this Sunday
24 Nov 2021
‘Cruel indifference’: the disgrace of the French Catholic Church
Rosary beads on a bible
In Brief

‘Cruel indifference’: the disgrace of the French Catholic Church

Landmark report estimates around 330,000 children were abused by clergymen and officials between 1950 and 2020
14 Oct 2021
When is Eid al-Adha and how is it celebrated?
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the hajj
In Depth

When is Eid al-Adha and how is it celebrated?

The ‘Festival of the Sacrifice’ marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
14 Jul 2021
Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?
Emmanuel Macron
In Depth

Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?

Thousands of soldiers sign letter claiming nation is on brink of civil war following ‘surrender to Islamists’
12 May 2021
Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches
An American church
Podcast

Votes, Cuban vaccines and empty churches

Are the Democrats falling into a hypocrisy trap? How did Cuba develop such a strong biotech industry? And will anything reverse religious decline?
2 Apr 2021
Pastor farts on congregants to show ‘God’s power’
Pastor Christ Penelope
Tall Tales

Pastor farts on congregants to show ‘God’s power’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
1 Apr 2021
The school row over Prophet Mohammed cartoons
Protesters outside Batley Grammar School
Getting to grips with . . .

The school row over Prophet Mohammed cartoons

West Yorkshire school closed and teacher in hiding after protests by angry parents
26 Mar 2021
Countries where the burka is banned
Burqa, veil
In Depth

Countries where the burka is banned

Switzerland becomes latest country to ban the Islamic face veil
8 Mar 2021
French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry
French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal
In Brief

French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry

Row over allegations of extremism in universities stokes growing culture war
22 Feb 2021
2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
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In Depth

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’
Emmanuel Macron pictured with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin
In Brief

France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

Interior minister says inspections are part of ‘massive action against separatism’
4 Dec 2020
Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs
Emmanuel Macron speaks during a videoconference
In Brief

Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs

France demands apology for ‘blatant lies’ following Pakistani minister’s ‘Nazi’ allegations
23 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
In Depth

The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC?
13 Nov 2020
Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world
Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's inside Sorbonne University's, Paris.
In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world

Protests break out across the Middle East over French president’s ‘crackdown’ on Islam
28 Oct 2020
French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder
A rally in defence of free speech is held in Paris, France
In Brief

French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder

Thousands attend marches to honour Samuel Paty following killing on Friday
19 Oct 2020
Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub
Ex-Archbishop of York John Sentamu
In Brief

Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub

John Sentamu’s absence from honours list triggered accusations of ‘institutional prejudice’
19 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now
Donald Trump
In Depth

Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 11 September
11 Sep 2020
Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial
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In Brief

Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Aug 2020
Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott
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In Depth

Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott

Social media users stage 48-hour ‘walkout’ in protest against platform’s response to anti-Jewish tirade
29 Jul 2020
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