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Grandad’s shoe box is seldom used now but remains  a precious possession Photograph: istock

It was a beautiful spring morning as I made my way along the country road. I stepped onto the grass verge to make way for an oncoming car and there si(...)

Precisely because Catholics are a minority in Britain, there is not the baggage associated with the church’s position in Ireland and decades of close ties with the State and a dominant role in national life. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The decisive vote last May to remove article 40.3.3 banning abortion from Bunreacht na hÉireann has generally come to be seen as dramatically underlin(...)

 Mary Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Féin  join mourners at the funeral of Connor Currie.  Photograph: Charles McQuillan/Getty

Connor Currie, the third of the Cookstown victims to be laid to rest on Friday, was remembered in his home parish church in Edendork as a teenager who(...)

The coffin of Morgan Barnard is taken into St Patrick’s Church, Dungannon for his funeral.  Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA

St Patrick’s Church in Dungannon, Co Tyrone was packed to capacity on Friday for the first of the three funerals of the three young people who died in(...)

Fr George Rutler said the state of the Catholic Church in Ireland was “a warning to Catholics in the United States, because such is what happens when religion is only a political and ethnic sentiment”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was “elected while publicly living in perverse contempt of the sacrament of Holy Matrimony”, and “Druids returned and defiantly(...)

 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(...)

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