Parishioners in rural communities are increasingly perform the role of priests, taking funerals and baptisms into their own hands.
Far from the turbulence that surrounds the conviction of George Pell, committed Catholic Kate Engelbrecht leads a quiet life of contemplation. But she warns if the church doesn't change, "it's a goner".
Until recently, the priesthoods of all Christian denominations have been men-only domains. But the Brisbane diocese of the Anglican Church is now ordaining more women than men, despite women in Sydney still not able to become priests at all.
Nimita doesn't eat after dark in case she accidentally swallows an insect — and doesn't play cricket, so as not to hurt the grass. She's one of Australia's 4,000 followers of Jainism.
The journey to the Marie Stopes clinic in Melbourne's east is a harrowing one for the 200 or so women who go there each year. To walk through its doors, one of its doctors says, is to have exhausted all other options.
Urging women who have survived domestic abuse to abandon their religion leaves them more isolated and unsafe.
Zoroastrianism was ancient when Jesus was born. Online dating — from a special 'Tinder' to a matchmaker with a digital database of bachelors and bachelorettes — is helping keep the monotheistic faith alive.
Women in Indonesia are escaping gridlock by jumping aboard "sharia ojeks" — a new female-only transport service that's deemed acceptable under Islamic sharia law.