Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

 Fr Gustavo  Gutiérrez (86), a Dominican, was on the panel at a Vatican press conference held to announce details of the current general assembly of the worldwide Catholic charity Caritas. Photograph: AFP

History of a particular kind was made yesterday in the Holy See, where Peruvian theologian Fr Gustavo Gutiérrez, one of the founding fathers of “liber(...)

A mother reaches towards the coffin of her son, whose body was discovered under rubble, during his funeral in Barpak, Nepal, on Tuesday. Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times 1:28

The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal has passed 7,500, with thousands injured, and the casualty figures are still rising as rescue teams reach(...)

Goal chief executive Barry Andrews said hospitals in Nepal were overrun and huge numbers of people had been left homeless and were sleeping rough. Photograph: AFP Photo/Getty Images

Dóchas, the Irish umbrella group of development NGOs said 10 Irish aid agencies were on the ground in Nepal and had issued appeals for help. It encou(...)

Of the 15 elector (under 80 years of age) cardinals named by Pope Francis, 10 hail from Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America

The new cardinals nominated by Pope Francis yet again reflect one of the major thrusts of his pontificate – that of a move out to the periphery of (...)

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(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said there should be a moral obligation for transparency as well as a legal one.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has strongly supported calls for transparency in the charity sector. “National governments rightly p(...)

The threat of long-term unemployment and inactivity is exposing young people in Europe to poverty, material deprivation and the possibility of “wage scarring’’ throughout their lives.

A study by Social Justice Ireland says nearly a quarter of economically active young people in Europe are unemplo(...)

A Valentine’s Day display in a Tokyo shop. Photograph: Yuya Shino/Reuters

Love is a word much bandied about, and not just on St Valentine’s Day. But what is love, and can it be explained without resorting to cliche or(...)