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(...)

Thousands of people march in protest at a government plan to limit abortions in Madrid today. Photograph: Reuters

Thousands of people marched in Spain’s capital today to protest against a government plan to limit abortions that has caused unusually open divisions(...)

 Antonella Roccuzzo and Lionel Messi  hold their son Thiago Messi prior to the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Barcelona face a defensive crisis ahead of next week’s Champions League trip to Celtic after Javier Mascherano was ruled out for “10 to 15 days” with(...)

Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho says he has yet to decide on his future. Photograph: Sergio Perez/Reuters

Jose Mourinho claimed he has not yet made a decision on his future but did so during a press conference performance that felt like a farewell a(...)