Karl Kitching says he‘partly wanted to investigate how accusations of religious inauthenticity were laid at the feet of working class and Traveller families deemed to not be doing Catholicism properly’

The annual spectacle of thousands of Irish children doing their First Communion attracts familiar commentary. The hardened atheists call it “brainwash(...)

The Dalai Lama holds the hand of Richard Moore at a Children in Crossfire press conference  in Derry, Northern Ireland. Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

The Dalai Lama has expressed his sorrow at “fighting and killing in the name of different religions”, singling out Yemen and Myanmar as two global pri(...)

Rohingya refugees carry their belongings as they arrive in  Bangladesh. Photograph: Abir Abdullah/EPA

Myanmar’s treatment of its Muslim Rohingya minority appears to be a “textbook example” of ethnic cleansing, the top UN human rights official has said.(...)

Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, Patron of Children in Crossfire, gestures at an event called ‘Compassion in Action’ in Derry. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Dalai Lama said developed countries are in “crisis” as he urged a greater sense of compassion and love. The Tibetan spiritual leader called for a(...)

Liu Xia: wife of veteran Chinese pro-democracy activist Liu Xiaobo remains under house arrest. Photograph:  Reuters/David Gray

International pressure is growing to allow Liu Xia, the wife of the late Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo, to leave the country if she wants to go (...)

File image of Canadian singer Justin Bieber performing on stage in Paris, France. File photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

“I just need one more shot at second chances,” Justin Bieber sings on his latest album. Not least, it seems, with Chinese authorities, who have annou(...)

Agra, home of  the Taj Mahal, is among the cities highlighted  in the India travel advice section, where the Department of Foreign Affairs warns that women have been the victims of sexual assault. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

Female tourists visiting India continue to face high risks of sexual violence despite advice from foreign governments to take extra care and attempts (...)

Golden Wedding: In June of last year my wife and I were looking forward to a family celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. Life was good and little did we realise that a storm was brewing that was to rock our lives

In June of last year my wife and I were looking forward to a family celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary. Life was good and little did we reali(...)

Amal and George Clooney attend a Leaders’ Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September. She has been nominated for the Tipperary Peace Prize.  Photograph: Peter Foley/Getty Images

Lebanese-British lawyer, activist and author Amal Clooney is among the nominees for the 2017 Tipperary Peace Prize. Wife of actor George Clooney, he(...)

China’s president Xi Jinping has instituted a popular anti-corruption campaign that has seen the demise of key rivals. Photograph: Guillermo Gutierrez/Bloomberg

In the National Museum of China, the cap which Mao Zedong wore on the epic Long March forms the centrepiece of an exhibition marking the 80th annivers(...)