Fijis attorney general Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at  the COP23 UN Climate Change Conference in Bonn. Small island states of the South Pacific who are threatened by climate change feel the world has at started to respond to their plight.  Photograph: Alister Doyle/Reuters.

Small island states of the South Pacific whose existence is immediately threatened by climate change feel the world has at last begun to sit up and re(...)

Patrick Rogers is challenged by Madeline Stringer and members of the Unitarian Church on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his theses to the Wittenberg church door in 1517, re-enacted  on St Stephen’s Green. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Although October 31st, 1517, is usually regarded as the starting point of the Protestant Reformation, with the nailing of the ninety-five theses to th(...)

Israel’s parliament has passed a law barring entry of foreigners who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law barring entry of foreigners who call for a boycott of Israel, including activists who limit their p(...)

Soline Humbert: ‘When Jesus washed his disciples’ feet he took on not just a servant’s role but a female servant’s role’

On Holy Thursday in Catholic churches throughout the world the ritual of the washing of the feet will be enacted, in memory of Jesus’s example of lovi(...)

Pope Francis takes part in his inaugural mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Photograph: Paul Hanna/Reuters

Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Rome’s St Peter’s Square for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis this morning which he concelebrated(...)

A picture of Pope Francis in a souvenir shop near the Vatican today. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Patsy McGarry, in Rome This morning Pope Francis met most of the 206 members of the College of Cardinals at the Vatican's Clementine Hall(...)