Archbishop Oscar Romero (1917 - 1980) at home in San Salvador in November 1979. Photograph: Alex Bowie/Getty

There is something about the murder of a priest saying Mass that has always stirred the Christian imagination. The priest is then at his most vulnerab(...)

Archbishop Óscar Romero: In his weekly sermons, broadcast all over he country by Catholic radio stations, he took to reading lists of the latest atrocities by security forces and the death squads in El Salvador. Photograph: Leif Skoogfors/Getty Images

In March of 1968, four Franciscan priests from Ireland, of whom I was one, reported for duty to the diocese of San Miguel in the eastern corner of El (...)

Women drink coffee at a collection centre at an area affected by the eruption of the  Fuego volcano in Alotenango, Guatemala, on Thursday. Photograph: Jose Cabezas/Reuters

Dangerous flows of lava, ash and toxic gases poured down several canyons below the crater of Guatemala’s Fuego volcano on Friday, prompting a new rou(...)

The Mercado de San Miguel is well worth a visit for its name and history
Two-minute city guide: Madrid
  • Travel
  • November 18, 2017, 06:00

SEE Markets: Mercado de San Miguel for its name and history; Mercado de Antón Martín (mercadoantonmartin.com) for its calmer, traditional feel; Merca(...)

Brendan Crowe and his wife Justyna, in Manila.
Welcome to My Place . . . Manila
  • Abroad
  • September 22, 2017, 11:00

Brendan Crowe, from Rush, Co Dublin, moved to the Philippines with his wife Justyna in 2015. “I came over here to work in a tech support company on a(...)

Cudillero fishing village in Asturias.

“Asturias? Where the f**k is Asturias, ” asked Michael O’Leary when someone approached him in Dublin airport a couple of years back to ask if Ryanair (...)

A slum in  Manila: critics caution a tiny elite that has long dominated is amassing most of the new wealth. Photograph:  Noel Celis/AFP/Getty Images

The gleaming skyscrapers of Manila’s Makati Malate district can be seen from the slums of Tondo, but there is nothing shiny about the alleyways where (...)