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Nazi leader Adolf Hitler meets with the Vatican ambassador. File photograph: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

“We behold with sorrow,” wrote Achille Ratti (the new Pope Pius XI) in 1922, “society lapsing back slowly but surely into a state of barbarism.” Despi(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. Photograph: Maurizio Brambatti/EPA.

Pope Francis has spoken of the pain suffered by innocent priests due to the Catholic Church’s ongoing clerical child sexual abuse crisis. “I have see(...)

A protester against violence suffered by Poland’s LGBTI community during a Pride march in Bialystok last week. Photograph: Kacper Pempel/Reuters

A leading Polish archbishop has compared the country’s LGBTI community to the “red plague” of the communist era. Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Kra(...)

Helen O’Shea: ‘It shouldn’t be so hard to uphold a child’s constitutional right to drop out of religion.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Helen O’Shea’s daughter is used to doing her homework at the back of the classroom during religious education. As an atheist parent, she says it is t(...)

Fred Deane, caretaker at St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Standing before the impressive Neo-Romanesque doorway of St Ann’s Church of Ireland on Dublin’s Dawson Street, Fred Deane is handing out leaflets for (...)

Anti-government demonstrators  at an improvised barricade in the town of Masaya, 35 km from Managua. Photograph:  Inti Ocon/ AFP/ Getty Images

Auxiliadora Cardoze greeted me in a backyard where exuberant plants and fresh washing left just enough room for the plastic chairs and coffee cups lai(...)

Angel Gahona, journalist, was allegedly killed by a police sniper in Bluefields as he live streamed during an anti-government protest. Drawing: Pedro Molina, April 2018

Iris Parrales, at her Managua home, with pictures of her son Noel Calderón and her husband Humberto, both killed in May 2018. Photograph: Mich(...)

A group from the Irish Elderly Advice Network outside Cassidy’s Hotel in Parnell Square after arriving in Dublin for the Gathering in 2013.  Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons /The Irish Times

More than 130 members of the Irish community attended a funeral service in London on Tuesday for an elderly Irishman who died without no mourners(...)

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