Canon Andrew White, the “Vicar of Baghdad” at  the Conrad Hotel, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

He is known as “the Vicar of Baghdad”. He used to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the UK and has survived “lots”of attempts on his own l(...)

 Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

A schism in the worldwide Anglican Communion over homosexual rights and women clerics would be a failure but not a disaster, the spiritual head of An(...)

Religious advertising: The minute-long cinema advert featuring the Our Father being recited by members of the public received clearance from the British Board of Film Classification and the Cinema Advertising Authority, but Digital Cinema Media has refused to show it. Photograph: Thinkstock

An agency which sells advertising to some of the UK’s biggest cinema chains said it treats “all political or religious beliefs equally” amid a row abo(...)

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 (...)