For my foremothers, the Pope had power – the spiritual aphrodisiac which kept them in their place. But Pope John Paul II was a pin-up of a higher order. Photograph: Daniel Dal Zennaro/Reuters

The conspiracy theorists might see a Popish plot. Last week, Pope Francis went native and said contraception may be used in the prevention of the spr(...)

Pope John Paul II seems to have had a phenomenal capacity for friendship, something which our age longs for but often finds difficult

Edward Stourton, in this week’s BBC Panorama programme, The Secret Letters of Pope John Paul II, investigated a relationship between the pope and a Po(...)

Casablanca (1942)
Ten great movie bromances

FRIENDSHIP WEEK: From best mates to bromances - All week on irishtimes.com/life-and-style, we take a closer look at friendship Sometimes a buzz ph(...)

Richard Nixon: he is depicted as an isolated and lonely man, consumed with hatred. Photograph:  Ellsworth Davis/The Washington Post/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson, the retired surgeon, blew his top last week, venting about how the media had twisted his words when he w(...)

Phone-hacking scandal: Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp, ultimate owner of the News of the World, in 2011. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Back in the early days of Nick Davies’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, someone contacted students who had attend(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts in Dublin last week. Photograph: PA Wire

Ian Bailey has today told the High Court his position is that he was not in any way involved in the killing of French filmmaker Sophie Toscan du Plant(...)

Ian Bailey arriving at the Four Courts yesterday. He spent the closing part of the day talking the court through his early years and the background to his arrival in Ireland. Photograph: Collins Courts

Dressed in a navy pin-striped suit, his right arm propped on the wooden ledge and his stocky frame angled towards the microphone, Ian Bailey spent th(...)

President Obama awards  Ben Bradlee  the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington last November. Photograph: AP/ Evan Vucci

Ben Bradlee, who has died aged 93, presided over the Washington Post’s reporting of the break-in at the Watergate building in the capital in 1972 that(...)

US President Barack Obama awards Ben Bradlee with the Presidential Medal of Freedom during a ceremony in the White House. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP photo

US president Barack Obama and secretary of state John Kerry were among those to pay tribute to renowned former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a l(...)

Ben Bradlee, who presided over The Washington Post’s exposure of the Watergate scandal, in his office in Washington, 1971. Bradlee, stamped in American culture as the quintessential newspaper editor of his era, died yesterday. He was 93. Photograph: Mike Lien/The New York Times

Tributes were paid last night to Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, a lion of American journalism, on his death at the age of 93.Mr Bradlee famously (...)