Pope Francis receives a gift from Argentine soccer player Lionel Messi (left) and Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (obscured) during a private audience at the Vatican. Photograph: Osservatore Romano/Reuters

Today was the day when the two most famous Argentines in the world came head to head, united by their common passion for football. Argentina and Barce(...)

Young people cling to a fence while trying to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis in the Varginha shantytown  in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Pope Francis used his visit to a shantytown in Rio de Janeiro yesterday to make one of the most politically charged speeches of his pontificate so far(...)

Carnivan House, Wexford

Six houses are up for the Irish Architecture Awards this year, as part of a shortlist which reflects the status of Ireland’s society and economy. Thir(...)

Mulligans pub in Stoneybatter, Dublin: listed as one of the  most striking restaurants for this year.

Eating out appears to be undergoing a minor resurgence in Ireland with almost a quarter of this year’s top 100 restaurants, as named by a local pub(...)

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