Cardinals Lorenzo Baldisseri, left, and Christoph Schoenborn show a copy of ‘The Joy of Love’. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP Photo

Are these guys for real? The latest exhortation from the Vatican, Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love, shows that the Catholic Church is still obsessed w(...)

Córdoba’s Mosque-Cathedral: its new tourism brochure acknowledges the cathedral’s Islamic past. Photograph: Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters

Local campaigners in Córdoba are celebrating the end of a long-standing feud with the Catholic Church over the status of the city’s Mosque-Cathedral, (...)

Last year in Ireland, almost 4,000 children were born to parents who live together but are not married.

I’ve been “single” for almost three decades. So has my partner. Some may say he has been lucky, but our children never got to be part of a “family” or(...)

Jim VandeHei, co-founder of Politico who just left his chief executive position with the company. Traditional media companies face the increasingly daunting task of hooking already-inundated audiences, but they also have more tools than ever to lure them. (Photograph: T.J. Kirkpatrick/The New York Times)

This month, a couple of inventive young go-getters at Buzzfeed tied enough rubber bands around the centre of a watermelon to make it explode. Nearly (...)

 Baroness Nuala O’Loan: “Journalists seem, on occasion, to have abandoned the careful, nuanced use of language in favour of wild sweeping assertions.”   Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The media has been criticised at a conference in Boston for contributing to the decline of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Speaking in Boston Colleg(...)

Census enumerator Ciaran Lynam in the Gardiner Street area of Dublin. Census 2016 takes place on April 24th and forms are being distributed now. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

According to the last Census in 2011 an overwhelming majority, 84% of the population, are declared to be ‘Roman Catholic’. This is in sharp contrast t(...)

 Mayor of London Boris Johnson: spoke at    pro-Brexit campaign  event on Friday. Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA

United States president Barack Obama urged British prime minister David Cameron not to hold a referendum on European Union membership, a leading forme(...)

Sibéal Davitt. Photograph: Luca Truffarelli

Commemorative art is usually fixed and inert: solid monuments providing a frozen history lesson for future generations. A performance has a shorter(...)

Pro-choice demonstration in Warsaw: A compromise reached with Poland’s influential Catholic Church in 1993 has, in the intervening years, been a source of constant legal battles. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

Three former first ladies of Poland have attacked a proposal by the country’s national conservative government to tighten already restrictive abortio(...)

Pope Francis published his ‘Amoris Laetitia’ document last week. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Pope Francis’s Amoris Laetitia document published last week is “very traditional” and lacks “imagination and innovation”, former president of Ireland (...)