‘Throughout the debate however there has been a mistaken assumption that those who are motivated by religious belief do not support marriage equality, and that the only theological arguments that can be made are those that would deny the right to civil marriage to gay and lesbian couples.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The forthcoming referendum in which Irish people will be asked to extend the civil right to marry to gay and lesbian couples has generated much debate(...)

A protest against Boko Haram, which caused outrage by abducting dozens of schoolgirls in Nigeria and threatening them with forced conversion to Islam

Education has always been a major battle ground for religions. For centuries, the Catholic Church used classrooms as a means of spreading the faith(...)

Angela Merkel at Trinity College yesterday, where she met and spoke to Philosophical Society members. Photograph: Cyril Byrne / The Irish Times

A softer side of Angela Merkel was in evidence yesterday as the German chancellor addressed 200 students in the debating hall at Trinity Colleg(...)

Vatican spokesman Fr  Federico Lombardi: “This is just nonsense . . . It is simply not a realistic possibility that Pope Francis will name women cardinals for the February consistory.” Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The Holy See yesterday dismissed as “nonsense” weekend Irish media reports that Pope Francis might nominate two Irish women as cardinals. Responding t(...)