Ian Paisley preaches to the 12,000 strong congregation at the King’s Hall in Belfast on the 40th anniversary of the free Presbyterian Church. Photograph: Pacemaker

A gifted preacher with a coruscating turn of phrase, Ian Paisley was a compelling religious leader, whose energy, deep faith and passionately-expresse(...)

Pope Francis visits Bethany beyond the Jordan river, the site of Christ’s baptism, west of Amman, Jordan yesterday. Photograph: EPA/OSSERVATORE ROMANO

Not surprisingly, Pope Francis shone the spotlight on the conflict in Syria yesterday afternoon on the opening day of his three-day pilgrimage to the (...)

Pope Francis attends a prayer calling for peace in Syria, in Saint Peter’s square at the Vatican today. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

A sombre-looking Pope Francis made an impassioned appeal to avert a widening of Syria’s conflict today, urging world leaders to pull humanity out of a(...)

The Government has ruled out creating a redress scheme for former residents of the Bethany Mother and Child Home and stated that they will not be able(...)