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Former Vatican Ambassador To Be Tried for Child Sexual Abuse

The move marks the first time the Vatican has pursued criminal charges against a church official.

What Pope Francis Has Done Differently in Tackling the Sexual Abuse Scandal

His approach has differed from his predecessors. Vatican expert Jason Berry explains how.

Pope Francis Holds First Meeting With Abuse Victims

Pope Francis met with abuse victims in his latest effort to address the sexual abuse crisis in the church. But victims’ advocates say it isn’t enough.

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.

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