Amy Looney with second-class pupils, from left: Amelia Ziembra (7), Kamile Kisieliute (7), Haliyat Giwa (7), Dylan Keogh (7), Julien Bell Baho (8), and Adam Al Jabar (8) at Citywest and Saggart Community National School. Photograph: Eric Luke

It was so much simpler in the old days. A crucifix above the blackboard was all a school needed to symbolise its religious ethos. But what do you do w(...)

Taoiseach Enda Kenny: said the deal would allow Northern Ireland to “achieve a society free of paramilitarism”

Taoiseach Enda Kenny welcomed the Fresh Start agreement, saying it would allow Northern Ireland to “achieve a society free of paramilitarism”. He also(...)

Charleston residents grieve at a makeshift memorial outside the historic mother Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church to honor the nine victims slain by alleged killer Dylann Roof in Charleston, South Carolina. Photograph: Richard Ellis/EPA

A National Rifle Association executive in Texas has been criticised for suggesting that the South Carolina senator and pastor slain with eight members(...)

St Mel’s Cathedral pictured in 1967. Photograph: Getty Images.

President Michael D Higgins, his wife, Sabina, the Catholic primate Archbishop Eamon Martin, and retired Catholic primate, Cardinal Seán Brady, were(...)

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland said it “upholds the historic – and Christian – view of marriage as exclusively between one man and one woman. We affirm that it is needed for the common good of society”. Photograph: Getty Images

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has called for a no vote in the marriage equality referendum on May 22nd next. In a statement it has said: “(...)

Ireland’s faith leaders met at a meal organised by the Jewish Representative Council of Ireland  to discuss religious turmoil across the globe. Photograph: Dave Meehan/The Irish Times

An unprecedented meeting of senior figures from the major faiths in Ireland has taken place at the Terenure Synagogue Hall in Dublin, as religious rep(...)

‘The Judeo-Christian faith always taught that marriage was initiated by God at creation (Gen 1:27, 28).’ Photograph: Getty Images

On May 22nd people will be asked to add to the Constitution’s article on the family: “Marriage may be contracted in accordance with law by two persons(...)

Rose on a tomb

Our first baby was born on July 21st, 1970 in Dublin and died three days later. I had asked for baby Antonia to be baptised. The hospital performed th(...)

Snow falls on Homeless Jesus in Toronto. Photograph: Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Somebody called the cops on Jesus in Davidson, North Carolina, where one resident reported “him” to the police, mistaking the life-size bronze by C(...)

Health workers in protective suits unload Dr Martin Salia, a surgeon working in Sierra Leone who had been diagnosed with Ebola, from an ambulance at the Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha. Photograph: Brian C Frank/Reuters

A physician infected with the Ebola virus is in “extremely critical condition” at the Nebraska Medical Center where he arrived yesterday to receive(...)