A Palestinian boy waves a Palestine flag during clashes following a protest against the expropriation of Palestinian land in the village of Atouf, near the west bank city of Tubas, on Wednesday. Photograph: Alaa Badarneh/EPA

Interpol voted on Wednesday to admit the State of Palestine as a member over Israeli objections at the international police organisation’s general ass(...)

Pope John Paul II about to board an Aer Lingus plane following his visit to Ireland in 1979. File photograph: Dermot O’Shea

A few years ago, Eugene O’Brien and I started work on a book of essays entitled Tracing the Cultural Legacy of Irish Catholicism: From Galway to Cloyn(...)

Pope Pius XI (Ambrogio Damiano Achille Ratti, 1857-1939), photographed in February 1922. File photograph: Topical Press Agency/Getty Images

A century ago, the Vatican was deeply troubled by the impact the apparently never-ending violent unrest would have on the church in Ireland. This wa(...)

The Free Wifi Finder app uses GPS to find wifi hot spots all over the world. Find a network where you are, and use the Skype or Viber apps to make calls at no cost.

Saving money on your holidays has never been as easy, thanks to all the new apps and websites dedicated to cutting your costs while enhancing your exp(...)

Pope Francis smiles as he talks to journalists during a press conference on September 11. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty

The missal used at Masses may be given a more user-friendly re-write by Ireland’s Catholic bishops after a ruling by Pope Francis. The decision by th(...)

Prof Mary McAleese says it is “misleading” of the Vatican to tell the committee in 2013 that the terms “corporal punishment” or “punishment” were not used in the “Catechism of the Catholic Church”. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

It was “downright wrong” and “misleading” of the Vatican to tell the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) that it did not promote corporal pu(...)

Frank Schneemelcher in his Quedlinburg workshop. Photograph: Derek Scally

When the Vatican needs to restore historic stained-glass windows, it dials Q for Quedlinburg. Three hours southwest of Berlin, the eastern German to(...)

“Humanity’s propensity for selfish hedonism is steadily reducing this planet to an environment unsustainable for life of any kind.” File photograph: Getty Images

It is a truism that we are living in a culture of adversarial anger. We most readily discover our identity not by establishing what we are, but in fin(...)

Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the popemobile as he arrives at Bolivar Square in Bogota, Colombia. Photograph: Luis Eduardo Noriega/EPA

Pope Francis on Thursday urged Colombians to shun vengeance following a bloody 50-year war with guerrillas but challenged the country’s leaders to ena(...)

Pope Francis is welcomed by the president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, and first lady Maria Clemencia de Santos, on his arrival in Bogotá, Colombia on Wednesday. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

The memory of the land mine that tore off the leg of Helena González’s nephew years ago is still fresh. González (25), has spent much of her life fear(...)