Italian actor and director Roberto Benigni at the launch of Pope Francis’s book, ‘The Name of God is Mercy’, at the Vatican  on Tuesday. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ EPA

“You have to hand it to Pope Francis. Only he could have brought together a cardinal secretary of state, a prison inmate and a Tuscan comic to present(...)

Dear Oscar. He could not resist a clever pun. Then he did say, “I can resist everything but temptation.” In his play The Important of Being Earnest Os(...)

Members of the NUI Galway Medical Orchestra with Carl Hession and Mary McPartlan. NUIG’s medical orchestra was founded in 2011, and is open to students in the schools of medicine, nursing, midwifery and health sciences. Photograph: Aengus McMahon

Musical medical students at NUI Galway (NUIG) are due to mark St Patrick’s festival with a performance at the International Festival of Music in La Sa(...)

The 22-year-old captain, Michael Hooper is one of a number of Australia players coached by Cheika at club level. Photograph: Matt King/Getty Images

An apocryphal tale: Leinster coach Michael Cheika arrives for his post match briefing. “ Yes,” he says “the team did really well. We took our c(...)

  Floribeth Mora Diaz   places the reliquary containing a relic of PopeJohn Paul II alongside that of Pope Paul XXIII during the historic double canonisation ceremony for past pontiffs on Saturday.  Photograph: Jacek Turczyk

In 2001 the relics of St Thérèse of Lisieux were brought to Ireland, thousands flocked to see them and to pray. Since then we have had scandal (...)

People queue  to see the relics of St Anthony in Dublin last month. Photograph: Collins Photography

The recent visit of the relics of Saint Anthony of Padua drew thousands of faithful throughout an eight-day Irish tour. It is estimated that 30,000 al(...)

Brothers Joe Fenton and Julio Garcia secure the bust that holds the relics of St Anthony of Padua in the back of the car before leaving Galway Cathedral for Dublin. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

“Have you put the seatbelt on St Anthony?” inquires Brother Joe Fenton anxiously, as our car departs Galway Cathedral. It’s 8am on Wednesday, and this(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmiud Martin with the reliquary of St Anthony in Fairview, Dublin, yesterday. Photograph: John McElroy

PATSY McGARRYReligious Affairs CorrespondentAn overflow congregation greeted the relics of St Anthony of Padua when they arrived at the Franciscan Chu(...)