Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, talk as they attend a service to mark the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta at Runnymede near Windsor, west of London. Photograph: Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images

The Magna Carta’s symbolic role as the touchstone for human rights and modern democracy was celebrated by one of Britain’s leading judges as the count(...)

Britain’s Princess Charlotte is kissed by her  brother Prince George in a photograph taken by their mother the Duchess of Cambridge in mid-May at Anmer Hall in Norfolk. Photograph:  Duchess of Cambridge via PA Wire.

Photographs of Britain’s Princess Charlotte and her brother Prince George have been released by Kensington Palace. The princess, the daughter of the (...)

Members of Filipino Cork Community dancing at the St Patrick’s Day parade  in Cork City. Photograph: Clare Keogh

Cork Broadcaster and rugby pundit George Hook said he was “blown away” with emotion after serving as grand marshal in the St Patrick’s Day parade in C(...)

Pope Francis and other senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East to stay on in the region despite conflict and discrimination. Photograph: Reuters/Osservatore Romano

Ahead of Christmas, senior Christian and Muslim clerics have urged members of the ancient Christian communities of the Middle East, the cradle of t(...)

Ivan Yates: ‘The psychological damage to yesteryear’s boarding-school pupils is worthy of thought.’ Photograph: Cyril Byrne

In all the scrutiny given to the historical institutionalisation of children in Ireland, no consideration has been given to the legacy of boarding (...)

Sisters Frances Forde and Marie Duddy died when their vehicle collided with the unmarked car close to the border city of Newry, Co Down. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Two nuns killed in a crash involving a police car in Northern Ireland this week had dedicated their lives to education, a priest told funeral mourner(...)

Presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Most Rev Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori: said the next Lambeth Conference “needs to be preceded by a primates meeting at which a vast majority of primates are present”. Photograph:  Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The worldwide Anglican Communion’s next Lambeth Conference, scheduled for 2018, has been cancelled for the first time in its history. A gathering of (...)

Twenty years after agreeing to the ordination of women as priests, the Church of England has found a compromise on the ordination of women as bishops,(...)

Two members of the clergy leave the Church of England’s Synod during a lunch break in the session today which later approved the consecration of women bishops, in York, UK. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Reuters

Women bishops could be appointed by the end of this year in the Church of England after legislation backing the move was given final approval by the G(...)

“Tiger mother” Amy Chua, co-author with husband  Jed Rubenfeld of combustible new book ‘The Triple Package’. Photograph: Bloomsbury

Ten days ago my husband went to a reunion at Eton College for the leavers of 1974. About 150 men crowded into the 15th-century chapel to belt out a qu(...)