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Democratic Republic of Congo president Felix Tshisekedi receives the presidential sash from outgoing president Joseph Kabila after being sworn in in Kinshasa on January 24th. Photograph: Jerome Delay/AP

For the first time in more than two decades, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the largest country by landmass in sub-Saharan Africa and a repository (...)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, speaking at the World Meeting of Families in August 2018. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, has expressed concern at “a growing polarisation within the Catholic Church and by certain groups (...)

Democratic Republic of Congo’s outgoing president Joseph Kabila (right) sits next to his successor Felix Tshisekedi during the inauguration ceremony in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi called for national reconciliation on Thursday as he became Democratic Republic of Congo’s president, succeeding J(...)

Minister for Culture Josepha Madigan said: ‘It is truly disappointing that Mercy International Centre has been targeted in this way. ’Photograph: Cyril Byrne

The Mercy International Centre in Dublin is no longer hosting an event which the Minister for Culture was due to speak at in relation to women and the(...)

Felix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress, gestures to supporters at party headquarters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, earlier this month. Photograph: Olivia Acland/Reuters

First the good news. When Felix Tshisekedi is inaugurated as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in Kinshasa today, it will be the cou(...)

A block of flats in Charlemont Street is named after Madeleine Ffrench-Mullen, the partner of Dr Kathleen Lynn, and the co-founder of St Ultan’s Hospital. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

Dr Kathleen Lynn helped to found St Ultan’s Hospital for Sick Infants (Teach Ultain) in 1919, a female-run institution focusing on children’s healthca(...)

Solohead village outside Tipperary town.

In January 1950 a memorial was unveiled to those who carried out the Soloheadbeg ambush. It is situated in Solohead village outside Tipperary town sur(...)

Benedict, at a time of upheaval in the fifth and sixth centuries, established 12 monasteries, following a rule which emphasises work, stability, prayer and hospitality. Image: Getty Images/DeAgostini

Lots of Christians wonder how it will be possible to raise their children in the faith in a wider culture that often actively undermines their values.(...)

African Union chairman and president of Rwanda Paul Kagame speaks during a meeting with African leaders  in Addis Ababa on Thursday. Photograph: Eduardo Soteras/AFP/Getty Images

The Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday rejected an African Union demand to delay announcing final results from its presidential election, compound(...)

Jean Joseph Mukendi, lead advocate for Felix Tshisekedi’s legal team, addresses the constitutional court in Kinshasa on Tuesday   during the opening of a legal challenge to the result of the country’s presidential election, in which Mr Tshisekedi was declared   the winner. Photograph:  Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images

Neighbouring African countries have rowed back on a call for a recount in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s disputed presidential election. Opposit(...)

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