A Chinese Catholic is baptised during at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing. The total number of Catholics in China is estimated at between 12 million and 30 million. Photograph: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Beijing, China’s oldest Catholic church, has been at the burning heart of struggles between religious co(...)

 Des and Stephen Buckley at FX Buckley restaurant on Pembroke Street. The father and son are planning to expand the group’s footprint in Dublin city centre. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

It’s a bustling weekday lunchtime in the flagship FX Buckley’s restaurant outlet on Dublin’s Pembroke Street, and its father and son proprietors, Des (...)

I like this Pope. (Oh dear. Would someone please tend to members of the Iona Institute and their friends who have fallen out of their standing at the (...)