Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

Pope John Paul II's Canonization: The Making of a Miracle

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2014

Pope John Paul II will be canonized in April. A woman from Costa Rica experienced a stunning recovery from a brain aneurysm after praying to the late pontiff. Her story provides a unique look at the Vatican's miracle workshop. By Alexander Smoltczyk more... Comment ]

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

The Pope's Sex Problem: Catholic Survey Reveals Frustrated Flock

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 03, 2014

The Vatican last year sent out a survey to Catholics around the world focusing on attitudes to sex and sexuality. The responses are now in -- and they show that the Church is badly in need of reform. Can Pope Francis meet such expectations? By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

Controversial Theologian Hans Küng: 'I Don't Cling to This Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2013

Hans Küng fought his whole life for the reforms being weighed by the Vatican today. In a SPIEGEL interview, the elderly Swiss theologian discusses Pope Francis' chances to revolutionize the church, why John Paul II shouldn't be canonized and what he hopes to learn in heaven. By Markus Grill more... Comment ]

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

Radio Vatican: Unpredictable Pope Challenges Journalists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2013

Each day, Radio Vatican translates the pope's words into 44 languages. The station's staff of 400 are some of the best and brightest from some 60 countries. But Pope Francis is very unpredictable, making a tough job even harder. By Fiona Ehlers in Rome more...

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 06, 2013

French society is under threat, argues philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in a controversial new book. The conservative spoke to SPIEGEL about what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism and the need for better integration of Muslim immigrants. Interview Conducted by Mathieu von Rohr and Romain Leick more... Comment ]

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

Waning Numbers: Germany to Suspend Monitoring of Scientology

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2013

Germany's domestic security agency has reportedly decided to suspend monitoring of the controversial Scientology organization in the country. The decision, part of wider reforms, has led to criticism by some states. more... Comment ]

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

Modern Missionaries: Shrinking Catholic Church Imports Priests

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 22, 2013

Faced with a shortage of priests, the Catholic Church in Germany is recruiting an increasing number of preachers from abroad like Benjamine Gaspar, who hails from India and now holds sermons at a church in the town of Bocholt. By Simone Salden more... Comment ]

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

Case Closed: Court Stops Proceedings Against 'Bishop Bling'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 18, 2013

Proceedings against Germany's controversial bishop of Limburg were dropped on Monday after a settlement was reached. The embattled Catholic cleric, who has come under fire for his lavish lifestyle, was accused of making false statements in court documents. more... Comment ]

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

EU Study: Jews in Germany Fear Rising Anti-Semitism

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 08, 2013

A vast survey conducted by the EU's Agency for Fundamental Rights and published Friday contains troubling results almost exactly 75 years after Kristallnacht: Jews in Germany and seven other EU countries continue to live in fear of verbal or physical abuse -- whether in public or, increasingly, online. By Barbara Hans more... Comment ]

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

Where Allah Rocks: Indonesia's Tolerant Take on Islam

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 07, 2013

The Southeast Asian island nation of Indonesia has the world's largest Muslim population, which practices an open-minded, gentle version of Islam in urban areas. But elsewhere Islamists are beginning to encroach. By Erich Follath more... Comment ]