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Where and when have Roman Catholic women with a sense of vocation to the priesthood been listened to by Francis or his predecessors? Photograph:  Getty Images

Pope Francis’s reaffirmation of the exclusion of women from ordination (Holy Orders) in his recent exhortation Beloved Amazonia (Querida Amazonia) rem(...)

The last of the Tin Men, James Collins working away in his shed at his home in Avila Park Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson

James Collins, one of the last Traveller tinsmiths in Ireland, welcomed the recognition of his craft offered by Unesco, but he wonders who will carry (...)

Former president Mary McAleese. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times.

The “game is almost up” for the all-male Catholic Church, former president Mary McAleese has said. She said the church’s “clericalised citadel is in(...)

Teija Avila from Finland

  Teija Avila (Finland) “I almost died. The last 10km were the worst. It was my first marathon and I made a classic mistake of going too fast (...)

Marina Ratner proved her most influential theorem after she turned 50

Marina Ratner, an influential mathematician and Russian-Jewish émigré who defied the notion that the best and the brightest in her field do their fine(...)

The agents selling the former St Mary’s Carmelite monastery and college on Bloomfield Avenue in Donnybrook, Dublin 4 are seeking offers of more than €10 million for it

An exceptional site for an expensive residential development or a high-end hotel goes for sale from today at the former St Mary’s Carmelite seminary o(...)

Statue of St Teresa, Avila, Castile and Leon, Spain. Photograph: Getty Images

The walking stick of St Teresa of Avila is in Ireland as part of a worldwide tour to mark the 500th anniversary of the birth in 1515 of the founder of(...)

Convent of St Teresa in Avila, Spain.

He was, he told us, the youngest guide in Toledo. There were about 60, he said. He, at 28, is the youngest. So proud he told us twice. A happy young m(...)

Zamora, Spain

We are a family of four with two boys that like adventure. Could you recommend an area in Spain away from the usual tourist charade, rich in culture/m(...)

Farmer Jacinto Serranos with a calf that has been killed by a wolf.  “I can’t sleep at night, I’m always on tenterhooks, wondering if the wolves are going to attack.”

“The calf was three days old and the wolves attacked it by taking bites out of its ribs and then they left it to die on its own,” says Jacinto Serrano(...)

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