Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the opening of St James Catholic primary school in Basin Lane, Dublin, in April 2014, whose creation – out of two merging Catholic schools – allowed Educate Together move into a former Christian Brothers school next door.   Photograph: John Mc Elroy.

Tensions have emerged at the only school to be divested from Catholic patronage to a non-religious patron over strict conditions which have been pl(...)

A father and son, Serb refugees from Krajina in the aftermath of Croatia’s ‘Operation Storm’, walk alongside refugee vehicles near the Bosnian Serb city Banja Luka on August 10th, 1995. Photoraph:  Ranko Cukovic/Reuters

When the Croatian military’s Operation Storm rumbled towards the Serb-separatist-held town of Knin 20 years ago, eight-year-old Anja Raskovic stuffed (...)

‘Islam is comprised of Sunni and Shiite. It has moderates and extremists. It has an array of political ideologies. In that sense Islamism cannot win, for which ideology would prevail?’ Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Islam is not the problem. Islamism is. So what’s the difference? Islam is the religion of over a billion people. Islamism is an ideology that insists (...)

The winding lanes of Vilnius’s Old Town. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/ New York Times
Weekend in . . . Vilnius
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  • August 1, 2015, 05:38

Unlike the historic districts of its Baltic siblings Tallinn and Riga, which often seem solely the dominion of tourists and kitschy souvenir stands(...)

Unsightly and dangerously eroded gullies – they hardly qualify as paths – on the sides of Croagh Patrick are monuments to the failure of successive go(...)

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he regrets saying the church needed a “reality check” following the marriage equality referendum. Photograph: Gareth Chaney Collins

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has said he regrets saying the church needed a “reality check” following the marriage equality refer(...)

‘The church proclaims to invite people to join in Catholic worship but there is nothing “invitational” about the role of the Catholic Church in the primary sector.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The winds of change that former minister for education Ruairí Quinn heralded in school patronage four years ago have now evaporated. The Forum on Patr(...)

Pilgrims at the summit of Croagh Patrick, Co Mayo, on Sunday. The annual climb takes place every year on the last Sunday in July. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

When high winds whisked the glass oratory off the tiny church on Croagh Patrick’s summit, John Cummins knew the mountain was in trouble. Cummins, who (...)

Minister of State for Sport and Tourism Michael Ring:  “After all, Croagh Patrick is an integral part of our spiritual sand cultural heritage and is very important for tourism.” Photograph: Eric Luke

Mayo County Council is to debate a repair and conservation plan for Croagh Patrick today amid safety concerns caused by the erosion of the mountain. (...)

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.  Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times.

Pro-gay faith groups have described as “important” a meeting held with Archbishop Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All I(...)