How do you go on living when you are told you are going to die? How does a life threatening illness change you? What happens to your beliefs - relationships - and sense of self?
Rookwood Necropolis, literally the City of the Dead, lies in outer Sydney. Since 1867 around 800 000 thousand souls have been laid to rest in its park-like grounds.
The journey of Saintly relics' from their village homes in the Lebanese mountains outside Beirut to the suburban Maronite parishes of Australia, provides an revealing insight into this little known
Mary MacKillop, the Melbourne-born daughter of Scottish migrants, was undoubtedly a remarkable woman: she co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph, sailed to Rome to secure Papal endorsement of her Orde
What do young Jewish boys and girls feel as they approach the important occasion of their Bar and Bat Mitzvah?
Schools have become a sort of summary of different Australian values and aspirations.
A couple of years ago former hard rocker Paul Stewart was dying of liver failure in a Melbourne hospital. His life of excess had finally caught up with him.
This is the story of three women who were once nuns. Although they took their vows for life, they found they couldn't keep them.
When William and Caroline Verity's 3 year old daughter is killed in a freak accident they are paralysed with grief.
There is a crisis in the Catholic Church in Australia. The shortage of priests and the workload forced upon those that are left is literally killing parish priests.
Health Minister Tony Abbott sparked the abortion debate in 2005 when he called Australia’s rate of abortion 'a national tragedy.' A study found that the overwhelming majority of Australians believe
On a hot summer's day 20 years ago a crime shattered the tight-knit religious community at New Norcia in Western Australia.
In recent years roadside memorials have become a common sight along Australian highways and byways, marking the site where people have lost loved ones in road accidents.
A medical bungle blinded Ron McCallum hours after his birth. Was this tragedy the making of him?
In the early 20th Century eccentric English priest, John Cyril Hawes, designed and built scores of beautiful churches in the far flung Geraldton diocese in Western Australia.
Worried residents of Sydney's fringe suburb Claymore join together to regain the streets from troubling influences.
This program examines the changing patterns of belief in this country, and coincided with the release of the Australian 2001 Census figures which confirmed the continuing decline of traditional Chr
The Sikhs are a peace loving people whose religion also recommends studying self-defence and keeping fit so that they might be prepared to fight injustice if necessary.
Two years ago Melbourne ophthalmologist Harry Lew began a mission to revive a story that began in a Polish town almost 70 years ago: a true story so terrible that when published in 1948 few could b
When Tamworth said no to a group of African refugees the fallout touched a nerve in the Australian psyche. In this story Compass examines what happens when a community says 'yes'.