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 Joe Kennedy III: “We can win without segmenting our society.” Photograph: Suzanne Kreiter

Sitting in a prominent position at last week’s St Patrick’s Day lunch in the US Capitol, was a young redhaired congressman from Massachusetts. Joe K(...)

Actors Felicity Huffman (left) and  Lori Loughlin are among those charged in a cheating scandalls in US higher education. Photographs:  Lisa O’Connor  and Tommaso Boddi/AFP/Getty Images

Wealthy parents collectively paid tens of millions of dollars to buy places for their children at elite American universities, authorities have allege(...)

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(...)

Soldiers inspect vehicles in Zamboanga, in the Philippines, the gateway to the southern islands of Jolo and Basilan. Photograph: Jes Aznar/New York Times

Across the islands of the southern Philippines, the black flag of Islamic State is flying over what the group considers its East Asia province. Men in(...)

Bishop of Ossory Dermot Farrell is appealing to his diocese to heed the ‘signs of the times’ as he warns the number of priests under the age of 75 will halve over the next decade. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

A bishop is appealing to his diocese to heed the “signs of the times” as he warns the number of priests under the age of 75 will halve over the next d(...)

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft  has been charged with two counts of soliciting sex from a prostitute in early 2019. He was said to have visited a spa called Orchids of Asia in Jupiter, Florida. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Three weeks and a day after he watched his team win its sixth Super Bowl championship, Robert Kraft was formally charged with two counts of soliciting(...)

Paul Coulson, whose Ardagh Group swung to a net loss of $94 million last year as it contends with weakness in the US mass beer market. Photograph: Alan Betson

Glass bottle and metal containers giant Ardagh Group, led by Irish financier Paul Coulson, swung into a net loss of $94 million (€83 million) last yea(...)

Fr Power accepted scandals within Catholic church had undermined their moral authority. Photograph: iStock

The Catholic diocese of Waterford and Lismore has said it had no money to pay its priests’ wages at Christmas because of a major downturn in the amoun(...)

The Church of England introduced contactless payment terminals in its more than 16,000 churches, cathedrals and religious sites with the aim of making portable card readers available. Photograph: Chris Marsh

Digital collection boxes are the latest innovation at church services to facilitate worshippers who no longer carry cash but may wish to make donation(...)

Pope Francis called this week’s Rome meeting to raise awareness globally about clerical child sexual abuse, highlighting it is not just a “western” problem. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

A four-day meeting of Catholic bishops and other senior clergy begins at the Vatican on Thursday to address the issue of clerical child sexual abuse. (...)

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