Since the arrival of the first missionaries in Australia, religious orders have played a vital role in the health care and the education of an emerging nation.
Sports journalist and broadcaster Craig Hamilton was about to catch a train from his hometown Newcastle for the assignment of a lifetime, covering the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
The Universal Brotherhood was Australia's most celebrated alternative community. Born in the 1970s, it flourished in lush farmland, three hours south of Perth.
Buddha Realms is a major two-part series that explores the origins of Buddhism, its major doctrines, and its relevance today.
There's a modern day revival in the age-old habit of pilgrimage, and parishioners from St Joseph's Church in Subiaco, Perth have created their own, Camino Salvado.
A former nun and lesbian, Sister Monica Hingston confronts the Catholic Church’s attitude to homosexuality, by making public a letter to its leader in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, who also happ
The world's largest youth event, World Youth Day, is coming to Sydney in July.
Takes a look at the pulse of the Roman Catholic Church in Australia, coinciding with the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Australia and World Youth Day in Sydney.
Part 1 – Sex or Celibacy
Asylum seekers - the TAMPA incident - Lakemba youths - even the New York outrage... Compass discusses the effects of these incidents on multicultural, multi-faith communities in Australia.
Children of Abraham explores the mystical streams within the three "religions of the Book" (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).
Following the recent collapse of several large Australian corporations, Compass explore the human effect of sudden job loss in the lives of ordinary workers.
For eight years Dr Lachlan de Crespigny, a leading obstetrician, has been at the centre of a bitter battle over the rights and wrongs of a life and death decision he and a team of doctors made at a
At Gallipoli the Turks shot at our diggers but today they walk side by side with Australian ex-servicemen men and women in Anzac marches around the country.
An historic milestone for the Anglican Communion took place on on November 4 2006 when Katharine Jefferts Schori, a Bishop from Nevada, become the leader of the Anglican Church in America.
Final Vows follows three nervous young women, afraid that despite years of preparation they might fail their final test of Ordination as a Buddhist nun.
Compass asks: What is peace of mind in today's anxious world?
We go behind the scenes to reveal the characters, stress, hard work and exhilaration of one group's presentation of Handel's Messiah.
David Shrimpton is the Salvation Army's 'Flying Padre' and two days out of three he's flying across the Northern Territory to around 130 cattle stations and communities carrying the Christian messa
Minto on Sydney's far western fringe is home to an unlikely group of modern day Franciscan Friars.
Drawing on God for their inspiration and sporting success - Compass examines how three high profile Rugby League players turn to prayer and worship for team motivation, to see them through challeng