Israeli security members check Palestinian Muslims as they cross a checkpoint along Israel’s separation barrier on the outskirts of the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Photograph: EPA/Abed Al Hashlamoun

This year marks two significant anniversaries in the tumultuous recent history of the “the Holy Land”, the region sacred to followers of Judaism, Chri(...)

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin. Among survivors of clerical child sex abuse, no other Catholic Church leader comes close in their esteem. File photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

A friend resorted to the Belgian songwriter Jacques Brel this week in response to all the talk of “strange goings-on” at the national seminary in Mayn(...)

Bishop John McAreavey. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

Catholic bishops launched a stinging attack on the direct provision system for asylum seekers at a press conference in Maynooth yesterday. One bishop(...)