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 Italian film director Franco Zeffirelli poses at the British embassy in Rome before receiving the medal of knighthood from the British ambassador to Italy in 2004. File photograph: Paolo Cocco/AFP/Getty Images

Franco Zeffirelli, who directed the world’s greatest opera singers and brought Shakespeare to the cinema-going masses, has died. He was 96. In a stat(...)

Father-of-three John Lawless was shot dead in north Dublin earlier this month

Father-of-three John Lawless, who was shot dead in north Dublin earlier this month, has been remembered as a man who loved to have fun and “loved to h(...)

Umbria has a rich cultural history,  and its countryside is dotted with towns that make delightful day-long diversions.

Are there still parts of Italy that are undiscovered country for Irish tourists? Many Irish people will at some point have seen a friend married in It(...)

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(...)

O’Hanlon Property is seeking €120,000 for this three-bedroom house on a hectare (1.2 acres) in Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan France: Dordogne (...)

I like this Pope. (Oh dear. Would someone please tend to members of the Iona Institute and their friends who have fallen out of their standing at the (...)

 Pope Francis  greets participants in a multi-faith day of prayer for peace, in Assisi, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA/Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis on Tuesday denounced “indifference”, calling it the “great sickness of our time” and a “new and deeply sad paganism” which renders people(...)

An aerial view of earthquake damage in Amatrice, handed out by firefighters. Photograph: Vigili del Fuoco/AFP

Art experts fear that serious earthquake damage to numerous historic buildings and their contents is inevitable in a region where almost every town a(...)

Rescuers search a collapsed building in Amatrice, central Italy on Wednesday. Photograph: AP

A strong earthquake brought down buildings in mountainous central Italy early on Wednesday, trapping residents and sending others fleeing into the st(...)

The links to home are now sustained by software and silicon, lessening the need to substitute for them through tight-knit expat communities

The compact cemetery lies in serene opposition to the busy streets beyond its boundaries. There is a sense here of time standing still, with the sunl(...)

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