Pope John Paul II, the charismatic anti-communist who became a religious autocrat, is being fast-tracked to sainthood by the Catholic Church. So what is going on inside the Vatican under the new leadership of Francis?
Muslim women and their clothes, their relationships with men and their place in British society are written and talked about and discussed and debated to death - but rarely are Muslim women included in those discussions themselves. In an attempt to correc
As a child, Anna Carey saw the dead-eyed women who had been forced to work for free in the laundries sit among the congregation at Mass, seen and yet ignored. Now, as the religious orders responsible refuse to contribute towards financial compensation, it
It will be a refreshing treat to listen to the call for prayer via a mainstream British media channel for the first time, says Imran Awan.
A recent poll of young people found that 41 per cent thought that religion was the cause of more harm than good in the world.
Sins of omission and myths of the Enlightenment.
Continuing our What Makes Us Human series, the Right Reverend James Jones, Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, explores our moral and spiritual instincts, our need to love and our spontaneous expressions of reverence.
Tabatha Leggett signs up to Christianity’s most successful recruitment programme.
The pontiff's remarks about the existence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican draws on a number of age-old homophobic tropes.
Faith and conviction cannot be burnt by the flames of hatred.
With the Archbishop of Canterbury and former oilman Justin Welby at the helm, the new Power Christians of Britain are a formidable tribe whose aim is to reshape the culture of the City of London.
Anti-fascists who happily march against the BNP or EDL rarely show that level of commitment against Anjem Choudhary’s group. Why?
The former Archbishop of Canterbury revisits his 2008 speech.
Vatican watchers will find strong clues about the direction of Pope Francis in On Heaven and Earth: a series of conversations Bergoglio held with Rabbi Abraham Skorka of Buenos Aires.
Targeting a community at large for the criminal activity of a few is unacceptable.
I've made homophobic remarks in the past, writes Mehdi Hasan, but now I’ve grown up — and reconciled my Islamic beliefs with my attitude to gay rights.
Over 100,000 people in Britain converted to Islam between 2001-2011, yet it is believed that up to 75 per cent may have since lost their faith. Who are they - and how do they feel about the way of life they embraced then quickly abandoned?
My mother and I both married men from Pakistan. Both marriages ended in divorce, but their circumstances and our attitudes towards them could not have been more different: it is a sign of how much has changed.
A recent YouGov poll has shown that a majority of people - from almost all religious denominations - support doctor-assisted dying. It is our secular and spiritual leaders who are refusing to catch up.
Faith is the redemption of solitude.
Jemima Khan investigates why more and more Muslim women in Britain are choosing to become “co-wives”. For many divorced, widowed or older women, could polygamy be a practical answer to their problems?
The atheist community is right to pursue rational, civilised debate, and should be able to do so without being tarred as bigots.
Why do religious stories continue to mean so much to so many of us, even to the self-described “new, new atheists”?
The realm of sex and reproduction in particular is an area where the Vatican needs to improve its approach to its female followers.
"Four out of five British adults believe in the power of prayer." Really? <em>Really?</em>
It's a shameful fact that Muslims are not only the victims of racial and religious prejudice but purveyors of it, too.
On the occasion of his enthronement as Archbishop of Canterbury.
Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.
After promising beginnings with the Vatican II council, the Catholic Church lost its way under the reactionary leadership of John Paul II and Benedict XVI, says John Cornwell. Can it now change course?