President Higgins, flanked by his wife Sabina, warmly embraces Papal Nuncio to Ireland Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo. Photograph: Tom Honan

The world can draw inspiration from Pope Francis and Irish missionaries had been wonderful ambassadors for Ireland and for their faith, President Mich(...)

In general the Tusla audit found that the congregations had made substantial improvements in adhering to and implementing child abuse management guidelines.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Sixteen out of 135 Catholic congregations in Ireland had “unsatisfactory” child protection procedures in place to the end of 2015, according to an aud(...)

Washing up in Nairobi. Shalom works extensively in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, the biggest slum in Africa. Kibera is home to  250,000 of the 2.5m  slum dwellers in the city. Photograph: Getty Images

Kenya is undergoing yet more turmoil as Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in for a second five-year presidential term after an unprecedented cancellation of the(...)

Amal and George Clooney attend a Leaders’ Summit for Refugees at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last September. She has been nominated for the Tipperary Peace Prize.  Photograph: Peter Foley/Getty Images

Lebanese-British lawyer, activist and author Amal Clooney is among the nominees for the 2017 Tipperary Peace Prize. Wife of actor George Clooney, he(...)

Aoife Ní Mhurchú: Experiencing Typhoon Hagupit in the Philippines made me decide that emergency response was what I wanted to do

My life choices were greatly influenced by my uncle, who was a Society of African Missions priest. He worked in Africa for 40 years. As a child my ea(...)

Pádraig O’Toole: contributed the receipts from the sale of his book to improving sports facilities on Aran. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Pádraig O’Toole, who has died aged 77, was an Aran island-born educationalist, humanitarian, author and former priest whose diverse missionary experie(...)

Fr Patrick Devine with executive director of the Kennedy Institute  Peter Cassells.

The Edward M Kennedy Institute in Maynooth has agreed a partnership with the Shalom Centre for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (SCCRR) in Kenya(...)

Love conquers: Pádraig O’Toole and Mary O’Hara in Galway. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

The bride forgot her wedding dress and had to drive 30 miles to fetch it. The groom left his suit hanging behind his bedroom door, across the Atlan(...)

Archbishop Seán Brady:  the Irish Catholic Church could play a useful role in advising the new Vatican commission on child abuse, he said yesterday. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

It has been a long road. Based on the findings of the eight reviews of child protection published yesterday, we can conclude that much has been achiev(...)