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“Lord, on the way of goodness, when we stumble, hold us; When we fall, lift us up. When we are hard pressed by evil, deliver us. When we turn from what is good, turn us back.” Photograph: Getty Images

One of the striking features of the New Testament documents is the open and honest way in which the failings of individual disciples are acknowledged.(...)

The detention centre in Gjilan, Kosovo, in which Denmark will rent 300 prison cells. Photograph: Kosovo ministry of justice/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Denmark is to send foreign criminals to Kosovo, renting 300 prison places in the tiny Balkan state for those set to be deported after serving their se(...)

We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the assurance that God can overcome every fear we have, including death itself. Photograph: Getty Images

For all of us Easter means the passing of cold, winter days and the coming of spring, summer and, hopefully, some nice weather. For the Christian, how(...)

Mick Wallace and Clare Daly have become staples of state-controlled media in the Russian, Chinese, and Arabic language. File photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

When Dublin MEP Clare Daly stood up to denounce sanctions on Russia last week in the European Parliament and say that the EU’s response makes her “abs(...)

Orientation session at International Organisation for Migration office in Beirut, Lebanon, on life in Ireland for Syrian refugees chosen for resettlement. Photograph: Sorcha Pollak

The Irish State must not lose sight of the resettlement pledges it has made to Syrians, Afghans and Eritreans and “cannot afford to pit one group agai(...)

Syrian artist and asylum seeker Manar Shouha. Photograph: Alan Betson

While the State’s treatment of Ukrainian refugees is welcomed by NGOs, others who wish to apply for asylum in Ireland face long delays I meet Sy(...)

Depiction of Putin by  Italian street artist TvBoy  in Barcelona: The invasion of Ukraine has been a humiliation for Putin. The Russians have misjudged their tactics and suffered heavy losses on every front.  Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

Vladimir Putin’s western apologists are not the only ones forced into a rethink by the Ukraine war. Even those who understood Putin’s malign intention(...)

“All of this draws us to the conclusion that the outcome of today’s match at the Stade de France sits very much in the mischievous hands of the rugby gods.”  Photograph: Niall Carson/PA

A Reading from the Acts of the Coaches. Last summer Ireland’s head coach, Andy Farrell was walking along rugby’s road to Damascus, when a bolt of lig(...)

 Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas (L)  with Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi at the World Youth Forum in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Monday. Photograph: PPO/AFP via Getty Images

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas will this week enter his 17th year in office, although he was elected by popular vote in January 2005 for only one(...)

A poster of President Bashar Assad hangs from the ruins of a shopping centre in Homs, Syria, in 2014. Photograph: Sergey Ponomarev/The New York Times

Built on the ashes of 10 years of war in Syria, an illegal drug industry run by powerful associates and relatives of president Bashar Assad has grown (...)

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