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Biophilia is an inherent human need to affiliate with life and lifelike processes. One could even call it love

Laudato Si’ (praise be to you), Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, was widely applauded two years ago, while prompting predictable suspicion(...)

It is the nature of public debate in our society to frame every statement as a confrontation, which is why President Michael D Higgins remains an enig(...)

Pope Francis after this week’s general audience in St Peter’s Square:  in 2013 he declared the founder of the Presentation Sisters, Nano Nagle, “venerable”. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/ETA

The Presentation Sisters are among the first Catholic institutions in the world to announce their divestment from fossil fuels. They are involved in(...)

Susanna Ceccardi of the right-wing Northern League, who is mayor of Cascina, in Tuscany. “I think that regulating immigration is a moderate position,” she says. Photograph: Facebook

In September 1944 African-American soldiers from the US Army’s “Buffalo” division helped liberate Cascina from German forces retreating north into the(...)

Pope Francis has banned the sale of cigarettes in  the Vatican city state. Photograph: Reuters.

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday. (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. “If High-Vis Varadkar had a favourite meal, it would be fresh sod and (video) clips.” Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The name change passed us by, but since Leo took over as party leader it seems that FG now stands for Fluorescent Government, with High-Vis Varadkar e(...)

Archbishop Eamon Martin: “The reaction since my presence and words in the Church of Ireland cathedral on such a significant occasion, has affirmed my decision to accept the invitation.”

Three weeks ago I was invited to preach the homily at Choral Evensong in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh, to mark the 500th anniversa(...)

Bill Clinton speaking at DCU, where he was conferred with an honorary doctorate. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Bill Clinton has warned that the rise of nationalism and tribalism across the world threatens to undo achievements such as the Belfast Agreement. The(...)

A destroyed neighbourhood in Santa Rosa, California. Photograph: John Mabanglo/EPA

Firefighters faced more dry, windy conditions on Friday that could whip up wildfires in northern California that have killed at least 31 people and le(...)

Pope Francis could be saying a mass at Croke Park on the last weekend of August 2018. Photograph: Getty Images

Next summer’s All-Ireland football final will be pushed back by one week in anticipation of Pope Francis’s possible attendance at the 2018 World Meeti(...)

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