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Former Catholic primate Cardinal Seán Brady  turns 80 today. File photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire.

Ireland would have no vote if there was a papal election tomorrow as the Catholic Church’s only Irish-based cardinal, former primate Cardinal Seán Bra(...)

Nestor juxtaposes imagery from Monte Cassino in the 1940s with photographs from today

STEVEN NESTOR: MONTE CASSINO (CON AMORE) T&G Publishing, $40AUD; tgpublishing.com.au; also available for €30 at The Library Project in Temple Bar(...)

Just as, from a secular perspective, different cultures can enrich one another, so differing churches can do likewise. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), along with many other bilateral theological dialogues, is a fruit of the Second Vatican (...)

Sicily’s Taormina, and the Mediterranean Sea

An abundance of great art, historic monuments, stunning locations and some of the best food you’ll eat anywhere: is it any wonder that Italy is one of(...)

Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently removed fig leaves from statues of Apollo and Adonis. Photograph: Crawford Gallery

In the brilliantly titled Fig Reveal, Cork’s Crawford Gallery recently supervised the removal of fig leaves from its Canova casts. The statues – of Ap(...)

A tomb is opened at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican on Thursday as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi 36 years ago. Photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was(...)

An undated  photograph  of a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of Emanuela Orlandi, who disapeared on June 22nd 1983. Photograph: EPA/STF

The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican City employee, who vanished off a Rome street one summer day after attend(...)

Pope Benedict XVI attends a beatification Mass for Cardinal John Henry Newman at Cofton Park, Birmingham, in 2010. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

John Henry Newman, the theologian, educational reformer and founder of University College Dublin (UCD), is to be canonised on Sunday, October 13th, th(...)

The basilica of the Valle de los Caidos (The Valley of the Fallen) outside Madrid, where former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco is buried. Photograph:  Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

The Spanish government has become embroiled in a war of words with the Vatican over the handling of the remains of dictator Francisco Franco. Renzo (...)

Dusty Springfield.  Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

With homosexuality illegal until 1993 in Ireland, gender identity was an important factor in the migration of Irish people from the early modern perio(...)

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