Desmond Tutu

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Table Mountain lit up in purple to honour the memory of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, in Cape Town. Photograph: Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty

South Africans remembered anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu with cathedral bells, flowers and warm words on Monday, a day after he die(...)

Boy in blue: Desmond Tutu at the Leinster Senior Football Championship match between Meath and Dublin at Croke Park in 2005. File photograph: The Irish Times

Archbishops were not the typical clientele of the Abbey Mooney pub on Dublin’s north side in the 1980s; much less senior clerics leading the struggle (...)

Bob Geldof said the youth of Belfast “bring by your very presence the absurdity of fighting one another”. File image: One Young World Summit

Belfast has outbid seven other cities to host a major gathering of youth leaders in 2023. Speaking at an online event confirming the decision, Bob Ge(...)

 Dr Francis Collins: one of America’s top scientists,  he insists that “belief in God can be an entirely rational choice, and that the principles of faith are, in fact, complementary with the principles of science”.    Photograph:    Patrick McDermott/ Getty Images

It was a relief when travel restrictions were eased, and it was possible to get out and enjoy the countryside. Many, including those who would not reg(...)

 Morne Du Plessis leads out his team against the British Lions in 1980 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Photograph: Getty Images

No issue has divided or caused more controversy in rugby than apartheid, and specifically the sport’s links with South Africa and the Springboks while(...)

What was your epiphany moment, the moment without which the whole course of your life would have turned out differently?

Monday was the Feast of the Epiphany. But epiphany isn’t just something that happened 2,000 years ago. We all have moments of epiphany, moments of sud(...)

Willie John McBride was unrepentant about his decision to take part in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in 1989. Photograph: Independent News And Media/Getty Images

The Irish Rugby Football Union’s decision to allow members to participate in the controversial World Rugby XV tour in apartheid South Africa in August(...)

Ethiopia’s prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Abiy Ahmed:  recognised for bringing an end to conflict between Ethiopia and neighbouring Eritrea, along with domestic reforms. Photograph: Fredrik Varfjell/AFP

Ethiopian prime minister Abiy Ahmed has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, where he was recognised for his work in bringing an end to conflic(...)

Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin. The Church of Ireland, although a small church, has played a significant role within the worldwide Anglican Communion. Photograph: Getty Images

On Wednesday the House of Bishops will decided whether to affirm the appointment of Archdeacon David McClay as Bishop of Down and Dromore, the largest(...)

Britain’s Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Toby Melville/EPA/pool

One gets the impression that if Meghan Markle were to close the gender gap, end world hunger, stop wars or cure deadly diseases, a certain malevolent (...)

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