The Golden Bear for Best film trophy, awarded to Iranian dissident director Jafar Panahi in absentia for his film Taxi, is on display at the award winners press conference after the closing ceremony of the 65th International Film Festival Berlinale in Berlin. Photograph: AFP

Banned Iranian director Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi,’ which shows a cab driver meeting an odd assortment of people around Tehran but is really a condemnati(...)

Rose on a tomb

Our first baby was born on July 21st, 1970 in Dublin and died three days later. I had asked for baby Antonia to be baptised. The hospital performed th(...)

The three-judge High Court, comprising the President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, Ms Justice Marie Baker and Ms Justice Caroline Costello found there was no genuine prospect the somatic process would lead to the birth of a live baby.

A young pregnant woman declared clinically brain dead more than three weeks ago may be taken off life support because there is no genuine prospect of (...)

Getting on: Irish brides and grooms have aged by nearly five years each over the last two decades, according to the  Central Statistics Office (CSO). Photograph: Getty Images.

Irish brides and grooms have aged by nearly five years each over the last two decades while the popularity of civil marriages in the Republic has jump(...)

Pope Francis arrives for the opening of the Synod on the themes of family in Vatican City. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

In his former life, Pope Francis was noted for his openness to people of all faiths and of none. In 2011, he said “dialogue is born from an attitude o(...)

Fr Damian Mc Neice  has been named the first Catholic chair of the Dublin Council of Churches. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

Ecumenical history has been made with the appointment for the first time of a Catholic priest as chair of the Dublin Council of Churches (DCC). Fr Dam(...)

Once the fiery denouncer of any constitutional accommodation within Northern Ireland, the Rev Ian Paisley became one of the “chuckle brothers”, sharin(...)

‘To Flannery O’Connor, faith was fragile and thinking you had lost your faith was “an experience that in the long run belongs to faith”.’ Photograph:  APIC/Getty Images

The American novelist and short-story writer Flannery O’Connor died 50 years ago on August 3rd. A significant voice in US fiction, she is also highly (...)

Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan: met with members of the Bethany Survivors group

A meeting with Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan seeking inclusion of Protestant-run mother and baby homes in the proposed Commission of Investig(...)

The loot collected by children making their First Communion has now surpassed the highs of the boom times, and they stand to make almost €600 each (...)