Patriarch Kirill of Moscow with Russian president Vladimir Putin.  The rift between the western and eastern branches of Christianity dates to the Great Schism of 1054. Photograph: Alexey Nikolsky/EPA

Pope Francis will stop in Cuba on his way to Mexico next week to hold a historic meeting with Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Va(...)

Fr John Gallagher (48), who is from Strabane, Co Tyrone,  has been ministering in Florida since 2000.

An Irish Catholic priest has been singled out for praise in a letter sent to the Vatican by US police officers who investigated a clerical child abuse(...)

The Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin   visiting  St James primary school in 2014.   Pic John Mc Elroy.

Faith schools exist because there are parents who wish to have their children educated in accordance with their religious convictions. Catholic primar(...)

Sir Terry Wogan in the BBC studio in central London during his final breakfast show on Radio 2 on December 18th, 2009. Photograph: BBC Handout/PA

Terry Wogan, who has died at the age of 77, was an Irishman who became one of Britain’s best loved broadcasters. His genial, self-deprecating manner(...)

Idris Elba holds his two Screen Actors Guild awards  in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mike Blake/Reuters

“Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to diverse TV,” Idris Elba joked on stage after winning twice at Saturday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, where minority (...)

The sentencing and imprisonment of 17 Irish missionaries in Port Harcourt puts, if not a full stop, at least a semi-colon, at the end of one of the mo(...)

Mairi McMahon, secretary of the pastoral council in Ballyagran: “There’s no doubt the only choice we have is to reduce the number of Masses without closing churches.” Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22

Eleven priests from the Limerick diocese, where more than half of all priests are over 65, will on Tuesday travel to Evry-Corbeil-Essonne in Paris to (...)

Pope Francis talking during his visit to the Lutheran church in Rome on November 15th last year. He is to take part in a joint Catholic-Lutheran service in Sweden in October. Photograph: Tony Gentile/Reuters

Pope Francis will travel to Sweden in October for a joint ecumenical commemoration of the start of the Protestant Reformation. The pope’s unprecede(...)

‘Given the good feeling between the two countries, and the new working holiday visa on offer, there couldn’t be a better time for Irish people to consider spending a year here.’

A recent visit to Ireland by Chile’s foreign minister Heraldo Muñoz led to several important developments in relations between the two countries. An a(...)

Supporters of same-sex civil union kiss holding alarm clocks “to wake up Italy” on Saturday near the Pantheon in central Rome. An estimated one million people took to the streets of Italy, to signal their support for civil union legislation. Photograph: Alberto Pizzoli/AFP/Getty Images

Just one week before a civil union Bill intended to legalise unmarried heterosexual and homosexual unions comes before the Italian Senate, Pope Franci(...)