Last June the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said that in the archdiocese just two priests were under 40, while 44 were aged between 70 and 75 and “in the next four or five years will be going into a more retired sort of life”.

A total of 57 men have entered seminaries to study for the Catholic priesthood in England and Wales this year, compared to 14 in Ireland. This is desp(...)

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi speaking at the first day of school at the Pino Puglisi Institute  in Palermo,on Monday. Renzi told parliament yesterday that the government’s reform package Italy’s ‘last chance’ to combat its chronic economic decline. Photograph: EPA

Italy’s prime minister Matteo Renzi has called his government’s 1,000-day reform package Italy’s “last chance” to combat its chronic economic decline(...)

Danny Welbeck  during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

Arsenal’s signing of Danny Welbeck from Manchester United was a curious example of a deal that seemed to leave both sides disappointed. Arsène Wenger’(...)

 A semi-general view the  brides and their grooms as they  stood before Pope Francis (top centre) as he celebrates a mass wedding ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica today. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/EPA

Pope Francis married 20 couples today, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants t(...)

File photo from 1974 of former Democratic Unionist Party leader Dr Ian Paisley, who has died. Photograph: PA Wire

Dr Ian Paisley the former Democratic Unionist Party leader and former first minister of Northern Ireland has died, his wife Eileen said today. He was (...)

Euro zone industrial output jumped twice as much as expected in July, breaking a two-month trend of contraction and raising hopes that the single curr(...)

England’s Danny Welbeck celebrates his second goal against Switzerland  at the Sankt Jakob-Park stadium in Basel this week. Photograph: Denis Balibouse / Reuters

Arsene Wenger has admitted he had originally wanted to sign Danny Welbeck on loan from Manchester United with an option to buy before eventually settl(...)

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at a press conference in Maranello, Modena, Italy, today. Montezemolo said he was resigning after 23 years at the helm, in a move that had widely been expected after his record was questioned by parent company Fiat-Chrysler. Photograph: EPA

At first glance, the resignation today of Ferrari chief executive Luca De Montezemolo, has a football-style, manager sacking look about it. You have b(...)

 Dr Eamon Martin who succeeds Cardinal Seán Brady as Archbishop of Armagh and Catholic Primate of All Ireland, pictured at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

Archbishop Eamon Martin, the new Primate of the Catholic Church, is seen as something of a relative “unknown” in the Holy See. Furthermore, he is see(...)

Cardinal Seán Brady: for the past four years the child abuse issue cast a shadow over his tenure at the top of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

What was striking yesterday was the warmth and affection with which so many church leaders and others spoke of Cardinal Seán Brady. A naturally hum(...)