This Compass special travels 400 years back through time to a defining moment in the stormy relationship between religion and science, authority and free thought. It goes back to the trial and condemnation of Galileo, an Italian philosopher, astronomer and scientist, convicted of heresy for publishing ideas that changed the way we think about the universe.
What happens to autistic children when they grow up? A documentary that explores the line between ability and disability.
On Anzac Day, Compass tells the story of Sister Susan Connelly's bid to have East Timor officially honoured for its wartime assistance to Australia. Sister Susan is a Josephite nun based in Sydney's western suburbs. Since 1994 she and other members of the Mary MacKillop East Timor Mission have been supporting the people of this struggling new nation.
Examines the somewhat covert Catholic ritual of exorcism in Italy where half a million people are turning to exorcists for help each year.
The last place you might expect to find a chaplain is dodging bullets in Afghanistan. This film follows two British Royal Marine chaplains as they travel around 'their parish' bringing faith to the frontline.
There's a modern day revival in the age-old habit of pilgrimage, and parishioners from St Joseph's Church in Subiaco, Perth are creating Australia's first: Camino Salvado.
Acclaimed war correspondent Rageh Omaar examines the effect the Crusades have on the world today, and in particular on the relationship between Islam and the West.
This program tells the story of how Christianity arrived in Britain during the Dark Ages and of its vital role in creating a national identity which has survived ever since.
Michael Portillo investigates the legacy of the Roman Emperor Constantine - the man who transformed Christianity from a clandestine handful of followers of Jesus Christ into one of the world's great religions.
Written and presented by leading British writer, Howard Jacobson, this film examines the story of the origins, and consequences, of Christian belief.
As the world grapples with the Global Financial Crisis, Compass asks: Should our lives be ruled by the almighty dollar? We gather some big thinkers to explore the values underpinning our abiding love of money.
Evelyn Lowah, a Torres Strait Islander and born-again Christian, is a presenter at a volunteer radio station in Cairns. Her spiritual journey and radio work provide a unique window into character and culture of Australia's tropical north.
Every year Australia's Sikh community holds its own mini-Olympics. We follow a local family through the big event for an intimate portrait of contemporary Sikh faith and culture.
Geraldine Doogue meets Alexander McCall Smith, one of the world's best-selling authors made famous by a cheerful 'traditionally built' Botswanan female detective, the principal of his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series.
Following two Jehovah's Witness families who stand firm for their often controversial Christian faith, this episode opens the door on Jehovah's Witnesses and reveals how they have helped shape history beyond the doorstep.
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 it was first published few could bear to read it. The Annihilation of Bialystoker Jewry is a meticulous account of a once thriving Polish town, its 60,000 Jewish residents and their systematic destruction by the Nazis during WW2. The book was written by one of Bialystok's few survivors, Rafael Rajzner, who had lost his whole family and endured a succession of concentration camps before starting a new life in Australia after the war.
Australians had a bumper Christmas last year, spending 37 billion dollars over the festive period, much of it on Christmas presents. Yet according to a 2005 Australian Institute survey, 73 per cent of Australians say they would be happy for somebody to make a donation to a charity on their behalf as a substitute for a Christmas present. Figures like these have inspired some people to think about new ways of giving during the festive season.
In this Christmas Day special episode of Compass, JTV Youth Network and triple J presenter Robbie Buck meets three different families from three different faiths, all celebrating the festive season in three different ways.
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