Seán Freyne’s work on understanding the historical figure of Jesus through the prism of the Galilean society in which he grew up won international respect and acclaim

Seán Freyne, who has died aged 78 of cancer, was a theologian whose work on understanding the historical figure of Jesus through the prism of the Gali(...)

The late Seán Freyne, whom former president Mary McAleese said was “the quintessential Irishman, always asking the probing question”. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

One of Ireland’s best-loved and most respected theologians, Seán Freyne, has died in Dublin. Director of the Centre for Mediterranean and Near Eastern(...)

Episcopal Ordination of Eamon Martin as Coadjutor Archbishop of Armagh by Cardinal Seán Brady at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, last month. “Archbishop Martin would appear to be operating with a 19th century devotional understanding of the Eucharist that is both private and personal.” Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic primate elect, Archbishop Eamon Martin, has been putting himself about, as they say, even though he hasn’t yet taken up office. La(...)