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Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

“You can’t separate art from politics,” says Gael García Bernal. “Art doesn’t happen in isolation. Every movie or piece of art takes a political stanc(...)

 Protesters light bonfires in Asuncion, Paraguay on Friday. Photograph: EPA

Protesters stormed and set fire to Paraguay’s Congress on Friday after the senate secretly voted for a constitutional amendment that would allow presi(...)

Francisco Ruvalcaba and his wife Agnieszka with their baby boy Franek at  home in Maynooth. “When I went to register him I was like ‘holy crap, I have an Irish son’.”  Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Francisco Ruvalcaba had just finished his degree in business information systems, was living at home with his parents and had begun working with a fri(...)

Colombian deputy foreign minister Patti Londoño welcomes Michael D Higgins to Bogota where he spoke about the peace process.

President Michael D Higgins has visited a camp where the Colombian rebel army known as the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc) are demobilis(...)

President Michael D. Higgins  waves after being decorated with the Order of the Sun by Peru’s president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at the Presidential Palace in Lima, Peru on Friday. Photograph: Reuters

President Michael D Higgins ended his visit to Peru praising its ancient culture and expressing his gratitude for the honour bestowed on him by the Pe(...)

Micheál Martin suggests dinner date with Simon Coveney to raise money for Marymount Hospice.

All this talk of building walls and restoring barriers and pulling up drawbridges is very unsettling. Why can’t we all just get along? Like they d(...)

President Michael D Higgins signs a book of condolence for former Cuban Leader Fidel Castro at the Cuban Embassy in Dublin last November with his wife Sabina. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Models of economic growth developed in Latin America provide a valuable alternative to “neoliberal” policies, President Michael D Higgins said Thursda(...)

‘Fundamentalist Catholics’?

Sir, – Fr Joe McVeigh offers some ideas as to how the Catholic Church might address the problems of falling church attendance and an ageing population(...)

A file image from 1989 shows a  white dove landing on Cuban president Fidel Castro’s shoulder as he delivers a speech to Cuban youth  in Havana.

Suggestions that President Michael D Higgins neglected human rights concerns in his statement on Fidel Castro are “both unsustainable and unwarranted’(...)

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