The Catholic Church imposes drastic restrictions on those who serve it. Unlike monks, priests do not take a vow of chastity but are bound to celibacy and therefore total abstinence. Yet many priests have active sex lives and are in loving heterosexual or homosexual relationships. For this special full-length documentary, French priests and their partners agreed to speak out about their double lives.
Well over 100 Catholic priests in Germany have offered blessings to same sex couples this week. It's a sensation, and a natural decision for many, though it goes against the Vatican and the German Church's rules.
How Christian is Germany? Judging by a sharp decline in church attendance, not very. But a look at tax revenue, board memberships and land holdings suggest that its two biggest churches still have a wealth of influence.
An official decree from the Vatican department in charge of doctrine has nixed any possibility that the Roman Catholic Church might accept same-sex marriages.
Thousands of devotees thronged a church in the Philippine capital for a glimpse of a centuries-old statue of Jesus Christ believed to have miraculous healing powers, after an annual parade was cancelled due to Covid-19.
12 Jan 2020
Swarms of barefoot believers throng a revered icon of Jesus Christ in Manila for a slow-moving and raucous procession considered one of the world's largest shows of Catholic fervour.
18 Apr 2019
The teenage climate activist and the leader of the world's Catholics agree that the world needs to fight climate change. Pope Francis gave his blessing for Thunberg's fight for the climate.
21 Feb 2019
Last year, a group of India's Catholic nuns accused an influential bishop of raping a colleague multiple times.
27 Jan 2019
After edited footage of an apparent confrontation between Catholic school students and a Native American went viral, the full video has shown a different story.
1 Nov 2018
Northern Ireland's Catholic community rejects a hard post-Brexit division of the island. But many Protestants fear that if Northern Ireland were given special status, as the EU has proposed, that could be a first step toward a united Ireland.
29 May 2018
We look at cartoonists' reactions to Italy's ongoing political crisis. And lawmakers in deeply Catholic Portugal consider legalising euthanasia.