Pope Francis in conversation with head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill, in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Getty Images

Pope Francis arrived in Havana on Friday to meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church nearly 1,000 years after eastern orthodoxy split with Rome, m(...)

Rising time: Roger Casement and John Devoy feature in ‘1916’

The very name of this three-part documentary is like a proclamation. By calling it 1916 (RTÉ One, Wednesday) the film-maker Bríona Nic Dhiarmada appea(...)

Baked images of Pope Francis are part of the production of a bakery in Morelia, Michoacan State, Mexico. The pope  will visit four Mexican states during his time there. Photograph: Enrique Castro/AFP/Getty

This is one occasion when the word “historic” definitely applies. When Pope Francis meets Patriarch Kirill of Moscow in Havana, Cuba, on Friday, it wi(...)

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos is on a three-day visit to Washington this week. Photograph: Guillermo Legaria/AFP/Getty Images

Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos began a three-day visit to Washington this week to drum up support for his country’s peace process, and to par(...)

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured during a visit to a museum earlier this week. His country, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a “hostile act” against the communist country. Photograph:  Reuters/KCNA.

North Korea, which recently spiked tensions in Asia with a nuclear weapons test, says it has arrested a US college student for allegedly conducting a(...)

Exploring Ireland’s postcolonial archictural identity: architect John McLaughlin and academic Gary Boyd. Photograph: Alice Clancy

While a Modernist revival arose during the Tiger’s cub years, fostered by the new breed of architecture, Ireland is not often associated with the ori(...)

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio during a campaign stop at the Plymouth Senior Center in Plymouth, New Hampshire, in advance of the primary on February 9th. Photograph: CJ Gunther/EPA

About 100 people braved freezing temperatures to hear Republican senator Marco Rubio of Florida, the youngest candidate running for the presidency, at(...)

The General Post Office from Abbey St after the 1916 Easter Rising:   Royal Irish Academy JT Westropp RIA

Following Patsy McGarry’s description in this paper (5/1/16) of the Easter Rising as ‘immoral and anti-democratic’ and the debate it has fostered, it (...)

US President Barack Obama waves at the conclusion of his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Photograph: EPA

Barack Obama used his final annual State of the Union address to defend his presidential record and hit back at Republicans for cultivating divisions (...)