Religion

Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town
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In Brief

Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town

New study reveals drop in unintended pregnancies following papal visits
7 Jan 2020
Instant Opinion: this year’s Golden Globes ‘missed the mark’
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In Depth

Instant Opinion: this year’s Golden Globes ‘missed the mark’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 7 January
7 Jan 2020
What is Hanukkah? The story behind the Jewish holiday
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06: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? The story behind the Jewish holiday

One of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar began on Sunday
23 Dec 2019
Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases
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Pope Francis lifts ‘pontifical secret’ rule in abuse cases

Sex abuse cases will no longer be held in secret as Church wrestles with the issue
18 Dec 2019
Israel Folau: rugby player condemned for bushfire remarks
Australia rugby union star Israel Folau has had his contract terminated
In Depth

Israel Folau: rugby player condemned for bushfire remarks

Former Wallabies player back in the sin-bin over remarks during church sermon
18 Nov 2019
Instant Opinion: ‘I can’t vote for any of them’
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Instant Opinion: ‘I can’t vote for any of them’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 1 November
1 Nov 2019
What is Beyonce Mass?
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What is Beyonce Mass?

Songs ranging from Formation to Flaws and All used to frame religious narratives
22 Oct 2019
Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?
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Is the Vatican facing a cash crisis?

Sex scandals and poor management hit papal coffers, claims new book
21 Oct 2019
The Week Unwrapped: French sperm, reparations and the Arctic
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The Week Unwrapped: French sperm, reparations and the Arctic

The Week Unwrapped podcast: French sperm, reparations and the Arctic
27 Sep 2019
Why is China cracking down on the Uighur minority?
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In Brief

Why is China cracking down on the Uighur minority?

Drone footage shows police leading hundreds of blindfolded and shackled men from a train
24 Sep 2019
The rise of The Satanic Temple
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In Depth

The rise of The Satanic Temple

New documentary Hail Satan? looks at the controversial religious movement
22 Aug 2019
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 marks the end of the annual Hajj pilgrimage
12 Aug 2019
Jesus Army: shocking reports of life inside Christian cult
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Jesus Army: shocking reports of life inside Christian cult

Hundreds of ex-members of totalitarian sect seeking damages over alleged historical child sex offences
19 Jul 2019
Inside the Kaaba: centre of Islam’s most important mosque
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Inside the Kaaba: centre of Islam’s most important mosque

Muslims are starting the yearly pilgrimage to Mecca and the historic Grand Mosque
8 Jul 2019
How to become a saint
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How to become a saint

English Cardinal John Henry Newman to be canonised in October
2 Jul 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 3. Christianity
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52 ideas that changed the world - 3. Christianity

How an ancient Jewish sect laid the foundations of a global faith
28 Jun 2019
Is the Arab world really becoming less religious?
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Is the Arab world really becoming less religious?

Biggest regional survey ever shows the number of people who claim no faith has risen by 5% in five years
24 Jun 2019
Catholic Church to consider ordaining married men
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In Brief

Catholic Church to consider ordaining married men

Ending centuries of orthodoxy, radical plan aimed to address clergy shortage could lead to conservative backlash
18 Jun 2019
What does Iran’s morality crackdown mean?
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What does Iran’s morality crackdown mean?

Police raid yoga class and hundreds of restaurants amid mounting civil unrest
14 Jun 2019
Five things the Vatican says about gender
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Five things the Vatican says about gender

Catholic Church disappoints liberal followers with new ‘Male and Female He Created Them’ treatise
11 Jun 2019
Eid al-Fitr 2019: everything you need to know
Thai Muslims release hundred of balloons after a morning prayer marking the start of the Islamic feast of Eid al-fitr
In Depth

Eid al-Fitr 2019: everything you need to know

The end of Ramadan is celebrated with feasts, gifts and a wealth of ancient traditions
4 Jun 2019
What is Ascension Day and how is it marked?
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What is Ascension Day and how is it marked?

The little-known Christian festival holds major theological significance
30 May 2019
What is humanism?
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What is humanism?

Pakistani humanist is granted asylum in the UK after converting from Islam
15 May 2019
Pope Francis to force clergy to report sex abuse
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In Brief

Pope Francis to force clergy to report sex abuse

New law will make it compulsory for all Catholic priests and nuns to report abuse and cover-ups by superiors
10 May 2019
Good Friday 2019: when is it and why is it celebrated?
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Good Friday 2019: when is it and why is it celebrated?

Bank holiday commemorates the trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ
18 Apr 2019
Halal meat: what is it and why is it so controversial?
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Halal meat: what is it and why is it so controversial?

Islamic ritual slaughter has been attacked as cruel, but Muslim authorities say the method is humane
16 Apr 2019
Unregistered schools: how many are there?
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In Depth

Unregistered schools: how many are there?

New Ofsted report says thousands of pupils are enrolled in ‘appalling’ rogue institutions
12 Apr 2019
The Week Unwrapped: Speed-limiters, ASMR and the Pope
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The Week Unwrapped: Speed-limiters, ASMR and the Pope

Should cars stop drivers speeding? What is ASMR? And why does Pope Francis not want people to kiss his ring?
29 Mar 2019
Are Birmingham mosque attacks linked to Christchurch?
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In Brief

Are Birmingham mosque attacks linked to Christchurch?

Counter-terrorism police investigating five incidents which the Muslim community claim are related to last week’s massacre in New Zealand
22 Mar 2019
Church groups get tough on executive pay and climate change
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In Brief

Church groups get tough on executive pay and climate change

Church Investors Group pushes for greater gender equality, tax transparency and divestment from fossil fuels
5 Mar 2019
Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?
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In Review

Why was The Satanic Verses so controversial?

New documentary sheds light on contentious novel and its continuing impact today
28 Feb 2019
Cardinal Pell lawyer says child abuse was ‘vanilla’
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Cardinal Pell lawyer says child abuse was ‘vanilla’

Defence attorney Robert Richter’s remarks draw gasps from Melbourne courtroom
27 Feb 2019
Churches no longer required to hold service every Sunday
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Churches no longer required to hold service every Sunday

Synod amends 17th century canon law due to decline in clergy numbers
22 Feb 2019
Can the Catholic Church find redemption?
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In Brief

Can the Catholic Church find redemption?

100 senior bishops meet this week to address clerical sexual abuse, ‘the most serious crisis since the Reformation’
19 Feb 2019
Cardi B’s political views and why they’re important
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Cardi B’s political views and why they’re important

Twerk singer has scaled new heights of fame after feuding with conservative commentators
23 Jan 2019
Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’
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In Brief

Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’

Report finds threat levels rising in China and India amid government crackdown and rise of religious nationalism
17 Jan 2019