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36:34The Man Behind the MosqueSep. 27, 2011
28:14The SilenceApr. 19, 2011
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1:52:10The MormonsApr. 30, 2007
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Pope Francis Defends Church’s Response To Clergy Sex Abuse

In one of his first public comments on the church’s handling of abuse cases, Pope Francis told an Italian newspaper, “No one else has done more.”

Inside the Closed World of the Vatican: Live Chat Today 2:30 pm ET

Join us for a live chat about “Secrets of the Vatican” with filmmaker Antony Thomas, co-producer Jason Berry and guest questioner Elizabeth Dias from TIME Magazine. You can leave a question now.

Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga: The Church Needs “Fresh Air”

“It’s necessary to open the windows in the church because we need fresh air,” says Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga.

Robert Mickens: From Benedict to Francis

Joseph Ratzinger may have been a brilliant theologian, but he should never have been a bishop, let alone the pope, says journalist and Vatican expert Robert Mickens.

Monica Barrett: “If You Tell Anybody, Your Parents Will Burn in Hell”

At just 8 years old, Monica Barrett was raped by her priest. “It just pulled my entire foundation out from under me,” she told FRONTLINE.

Tom Doyle: Vatican is the World’s “Last Absolute Monarchy”

The church’s response to clergy sex abuse shows just how much the pope “is answerable to no human power,” says the former attorney for the Vatican embassy in Washington.

Can the Curia Be Reformed?

Pope Francis has set his sights on reforming the Vatican’s vast bureaucracy, but can he succeed where others have failed?

Dig Deeper: Pope Francis and His Church

A roundup of reporting on Pope Francis and the challenges he faces in the Church.

What’s the State of the Church’s Child Abuse Crisis?

More than three decades after the initial reports of abuse began to emerge, critics say that many bishops seem more committed to protecting the church than preventing abuse.

Can Pope Francis Fix the Catholic Church?

Given the long list of problems facing the Catholic Church, where should reform even begin? Five experts weigh in.

Pope Francis In His Own Words

Pope Francis has charmed millions with his personal humility, his emphasis on caring for the poor, and his stance that the church must not obsess over divisive social issues.

Amid Vatican Disarray, Pope Francis Set A New Tone

With two words on the night of his selection to the papacy, Pope Francis seemed to signal his intention to lead a very different church.

Pope Francis Appoints New Watchdog for Vatican Finances

Cardinal George Pell will have broad authority over the Vatican’s scandal-plagued financial system under a sweeping reform plan announced today by Pope Francis.

Americans Increasingly Uneasy When Politicians Talk Religion

Of course, there’s nothing new about the debate over the appropriate role of religion in politics and public life…

Slideshow: Ashura, the Unique Face of Shia Islam

Though the schism between Sunnis and Shia Muslims arose from a succession dispute after the prophet’s death, a historic seventh century battle cemented it. The photos below illustrate how many Shias around the world spend the Islamic month of Muharram in remembrance of an event they believe saved Islam.

“In God We Trust” Reaffirmed as National Motto… Again

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted 396 to 9 to reaffirm the U.S. national motto: “In God We Trust.” … Continue reading

Rent Dispute Threatens Plans for Controversial NY Mosque and Community Center

A complicated rent dispute is the latest obstacle for Park51, the controversial project to build a mosque and community center … Continue reading

Catholic Bishop Indicted in Sex Abuse Scandal

A Catholic bishop has been indicted for the first time in the U.S., more than 25 years after the sexual … Continue reading

Live Chat: Meet the Man Behind the Mosque

Read the full transcript of our live chat with Sharif El-Gamal, producer Dan Reed and New York Times reporter Anne Barnard.

“America the Great”: Reflections of a Park51 Insider

The message written on the dollar bill, which had been carefully folded and placed in the mosque donation box, read: “Has anyone noticed how all of America’s problems are caused by moslems (sic), mosques and illegal aliens? Let’s get rid of all three.”

9/11 Families and the Mosque Controversy

The families of victims of 9/11 have been at the center of the Park51 controversy. Many have joined, and even … Continue reading

Sharif El-Gamal: “I Am Going to Do Everything Humanly Possible to Make this Project Happen”

El-Gamal is the chairman and CEO of Soho Properties, a Manhattan-based real estate firm that purchased property in lower Manhattan where he intends to build a mosque and community center.

Pamela Geller: “This Is a Clash of Civilizations”

Through her blog Atlas Shrugs and a group she co-founded, Stop the Islamization of America, Geller has led the groundswell against the proposed mosque and community center in Lower Manhattan, which she describes as a Muslim “victory shrine” to the 9/11 attacks.

Imam Feisal Adbul Rauf and Daisy Khan: “We Are Simply People Caught in the Middle”

They are the co-founders of the American Society for Muslim Advancement, and until recently, were closely involved in the the project, during which the Imam came under attack as an extremist.

ARCHIVED PROGRAMS

Apr. 29, 2004

The Jesus Factor

(60 minutes) How George W. Bush's religious faith has affected his personal life and political leadership. (Web site »)
May. 9, 2002

Muslims

(120 minutes) The events of Sept. 11 left many Americans questioning how such atrocities could be perpetrated in the name of religion: specifically, the religion of Islam. Few Americans know much about Islam, yet it continues to be the fastest growing religion in the US today. What is Islam? What do Muslims believe in? And how does their faith shape their lives, identities and their political ideologies? FRONTLINE explores these and other questions in "Muslims," a special two-hour report that examines the fundamental tenets of Islam and the causes behind its current worldwide resurgence.Through interviews with dozens of ordinary Muslims from such diverse countries as Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, and the U.S., FRONTLINE illuminates the perspectives, conflicts, and tensions that are shaping today's Muslim world. (Web site »)
Nov. 22, 1999

Apocalypse!

(120 minutes) From Waco and Littleton to Y2K and global warming, as the millennium approaches, we are bombarded by visions of the apocalypse. From the team that created "From Jesus to Christ," this two-hour FRONTLINE special journeys back more than 2500 years to unravel the origins of the Book of Revelation and how its apocalyptic expectations have shaped our history and our world. (Web site »)
Sep. 28, 1999

John Paul II: The Millennial Pope

(150 minutes) FRONTLINE presents a comprehensive biography on the world leader who has emerged as a man at war with the twentieth century itself. In the two decades John Paul II has commanded the world stage, re-invigorating the Catholic Church in much of the world, he has defined himself by his opposition to many of the dominant secular ideologies and passions of our time: communism, feminism, capitalism and consumerism. <br><br>The program draws on hundreds of interviews--from intimates of the Pope, to those whose lives have intersected with his. Their stories are evocative of major themes in the Pope's life: the shaping influence of his youth in Poland, his remarkable relationship with Jews, his part in the fall of communism in Eastern Europe, his battle with liberation theology, his repudiation of the ordination of women, and his relentless exhortation to faith. <br><br>The film is a journey through the 20th century to the sources of Pope John Paul II's character and beliefs, and a journey into the passionate reaction to him. It's a journey that says as much about us as it does about him.<br> (Web site »)
Jan. 21, 1997

Six O'Clock News

(90 minutes) FRONTLINE showcases the latest work of filmmaker Ross McElwee, producer of the widely acclaimed 'Sherman's March' and 'Time Indefinite.' In Six O'clock News,' McElwee and his camera investigate the aftermath of the life-shattering events reported every day on the evening news. Moving beyond the graphic television images of violence and natural disasters, McElwee seeks out the individuals whose lives have been inexplicably altered by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, forest fires, and murder. The result is a thought-provoking journey across the tenuous line between order and chaos and an inquiry into how these events impact the victims' faith in God. In an introspective and sometimes humorous broadcast, McElwee explores the 'nagging metaphysical questions' behind the 'Six O'clock News.' (Web site »)
Jan. 21, 1992

The Resurrection of Reverend Moon

(60 minutes) Frontline investigates the Reverend Sun Myung Moon, who after serving 13 months in prison in the early 1980s for conspiracy and false tax returns, has reemerged as a major media, financial, and political power in the new conservative establishment. The program explores Moon's long involvement with US political causes and politicians and the foreign sources of funding for Moon's Unification Church.
Jan. 26, 1988

Praise the Lord

(60 minutes) Frontline traces the rise and fall of television evangelists Jim and Tammy Bakker and investigates why government agencies failed to vigorously investigate charges of corruption in the Bakker empire.
Jun. 16, 1987

Keeping the Faith

(60 minutes) The black church was once the soul of its community. It was a rallying point and a force for change. Now, as the black middle class grows and the church evolves, correspondent Roger Wilkins asks whom does it serve and to what end?
Jun. 3, 1986

Holy War, Holy Terror

(60 minutes) Frontline correspondent John Laurence examines the background of the Islamic Revolution, the roots of radical Shiism and reveals why Iran's war with Iraq is an important step in spreading their brand of Islam throughout the world.
Apr. 23, 1985

Catholics in America: Is Nothing Sacred?

(60 minutes) One in four American citizens is Catholic, yet few seem to agree with-or follow-every doctrine and practice of their church. Frontline examines the conflicts within the American Catholic Church and its ongoing struggle with the Vatican.
Feb. 13, 1984

Give Me that Big Time Religion

(60 minutes) Television evangelist Jimmy Swaggart's weekly ministry was seen by over two million people in big cities and small towns across the U.S. and Canada.But of the tens of millions of dollars he raised through his appeals, only a tiny portion actually went into charity work. Several years before his fall, Frontline investigated whether the money these modern revivalists raise goes to do God's work or to keep the preachers on TV. Should the government regulate religious fundraising?
Feb. 14, 1983

God's Banker

(60 minutes) In 1982,a man was discovered hanging from a bridge over the Thames River in London. He was Roberto Calvi, head of Italy's largest bank and chief advisor to the Vatican's bank. Reporter Jeremy Paxman investigates Calvi's links with the Vatican and with P-2, a secret Italian society, and questions whether his death was really a suicide.
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