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Covid-19 ‘has cruelly restricted our capacity to draw close to families who are bereaved’, Archbishop Eamon Martin has said. File photograph: Tom Honan

The coronavirus pandemic had struck at the very heart of the ministry of priests, curtailing their normal outreach to the sick, the elderly and the dy(...)

Crowds attend the funeral of  former Sinn Féin councillor  Francie McNally in Co Tyrone. Photograph: Pacemaker

The PSNI is investigating how in the context of coronavirus a relatively large crowd attended the funeral of a former Sinn Féin councillor in Co Tyron(...)

Cardinal George Pell leaves HM Prison Barwon, in Anakie, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has recalled the “persecution that Jesus suffered” and has prayed for those who suffer “unjust sentences” hours after Australia’s highest(...)

Redemptoristine nuns at their Monastery of St Alphonsus in Drumcondra. The nuns are video-streaming mass from the monastery to counter the Covid-19 movement restrictions. Photograph by Crispin Rodwell

The Redemptoristine Sisters are used to social distancing: members of the enclosed Catholic order remain inside their north Dublin monastery except fo(...)

Scientists around the world have analysed more than 2,500 publicly shared Covid-19 genomes and identified 100-150  mutations. Photograph:  Miguel Medina / AFP via Getty Images

Since the Covid-19 virus strain was first identified in early 2020, scientists have been able to track its progress around the world. The virus is v(...)

A transit police officer checks the temperature of a truck driver during a partial curfew ordered by the government in Villa Nueva, Guatemala. Photograph:  Johan Ordonez / AFP

The coronavirus pandemic has already upended our world, breaking laws we thought were immutable and exposing the unsettling fragility of a way of life(...)

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. Photograph: Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service/AP

Shin Dong Yun, a scientist from the North Korean Institute of Virology, rushed to the northwestern border with China in early February. There, he cond(...)

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Catholic priests are coming under continuing pressure to hold funeral Masses, particularly in rural Ireland, despite Government restrictions due to co(...)

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Funeral Masses will no longer be held, while baptism and marriages will not be celebrated “until further notice” in the diocese of Clogher. Bishop L(...)

F Scott Fitzgerald: his debut novel was published one hundred years ago today. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Published a hundred years ago today to immense and immediate acclaim, F Scott Fitzgerald’s debut novel This Side of Paradise – the book that launched (...)

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