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Pro-EU protesters set up a barricade in downtown Kiev, Ukraine. Photograph: Sergey Dolzhenko/EPA

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych “intends to sign” the far-reaching trade and co-operation agreement with the European Union that he rejected only (...)

Enormous good will is generated by our missionaries of all faiths working abroad.

A particularly moving event took place in Dublin City Hall last Wednesday. There, 225 elderly Irish men and women who have spent between 40 and 60 yea(...)

Jim Allister: No way the DUP will have two candidates. Photograph: Paul Faith/PA

Traditional Unionist Voice leader Jim Allister has accused the DUP of bluffing over its tactics in May’s European Parliament elections. Addressing his(...)

The spectre of Christmas presents: Think about who you’re buying for and ask if it is worth it. If not, contact them and suggest a joint embargo – in a light, jolly way – and chances are they will be delighted. Photograph: Getty

Advent: ’Tis the season to be Christian – or at least that is what Advent is supposed to be. It has been hijacked by everyone from Homer Simpson to Pe(...)

In Brigid’s footsteps

The consecration of the Most Revd Patricia Louise Storey today as Bishop of Meath and Kildare marks a major milestone, for she is the first woman to b(...)

A copy of the Bay Psalm Book sits in a display case at Sotheby’s auction house in New York last week. Published in 1640, the Bay Psalm Book is considered the first book printed in what was then the British colonies of North America. Photograph: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

The Bay Psalm Book, one of 11 surviving copies of the first book printed in America, has sold for $14.2 million at Sotheby’s in New York, setting a (...)

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams (centre) and Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness (right) attend the funeral of Father Alec Reid in  the Clonard Monastery in west Belfast today. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters.

Hundreds of mourners from across Belfast have joined politicians and clergy of all denominations for the funeral of Fr Alec Reid, the quiet priest who(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin received the 2013 Vincentian Charism Award.

In the area of child protection the church in Ireland can rightly be proud of what has been achieved over the past 10 years. But more needs to be done(...)

The reamins of Fr Alec Reid during his funeral Mass at the Marianella Chapel Orwel Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Tipperary man Fr Alec Reid arrived back in his adopted home of west Belfast a few minutes before 4pm yesterday, the bells of Clonard Monastery tolling(...)

Barack Obama’s administration is telling the public that everything will eventually be fixed, and urging congressional Democrats to keep their nerve. Reuters/Larry Downing

It goes without saying that the rollout of Obamacare was an epic disaster. But what kind of disaster was it? Was it a failure of management, messing u(...)

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