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European Union flags are seen waving in front of EU Commission Building in Brussels, Belgium. Photograph:  Dursun Aydemir/Getty

Jacques Delors, a former president of the European Commission, once famously quipped that you cannot fall in love with a Common Market. What’s good fo(...)

Swim baby: Conor Pope takes the littlest Pope into the pool at the Playa Montroig campsite just south of Barcelona for the very first time

“When my daddy eats ice-cream he gets diarrhoea,” a three-year-old girl shouts from the mobile home next to mine. Clueless as to how to respond to thi(...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

A relative of a victim of the explosion at St Anthony’s Shrine reacts at the police mortuary in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Photograph: Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters

As Christians in Sri Lanka gathered on Sunday morning to celebrate Easter Mass, the culmination of Holy Week, powerful explosions ripped through three(...)

‘Hugo is the new go-to name for parents who want their children to be mistaken for Protestants.’

“Unbelievable!” Sorcha goes, picking up her cor keys. “Un-focking-believable!” I’m like, “What’s wrong?” She’s there, “I just had a phone call from (...)

 Pope Francis  kneels to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, as vice president Riek Machar (right) looks on, at the Vatican on Thursday. Photograph: Vatican Media/AFP/Getty Images

Pope Francis, in a dramatic gesture after an unprecedented retreat at the Vatican, knelt to kiss the feet of South Sudan’s previously warring leaders (...)

 Pope Francis (R) greets former Pope Benedict during a consistory ceremony in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, 2014. Photograph: Alessia Giuliani/File Photo/Reuters

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s and a general collapse(...)

“Despite two decades of horrific revelations of systematic cover-up of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy, the Catholic Church remains a central part of Irish life.” File photograph: Ivan Alvarado/Reuters

Growing up in the 1970s and 1980s, like most of my peers, I had a thoroughly Catholic upbringing. From birth to death the Church was an integral part (...)

Michael McDowell: ‘No church is entitled to say to the Irish State: ‘Our law is superior to your law.’’ Photograph: Collins Courts

The State “effectively signed a blank cheque” in agreeing the controversial 2002 indemnity deal with 18 religious congregations, the then attorney gen(...)

A woman reads a copy of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano as she waits for the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican in April 2014.  Photograph: Reuters

The founder and the entire editorial board have quit a Vatican women’s magazine that has drawn international attention for exposing the abuse of nuns,(...)

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