A sculpted relief of theologian Martin Luther  in Wittenberg, Germany. Photograph:  Sean Gallup

It seems almost unthinkable that a relatively routine event by a young academic in a recently founded university in a small German city would be remem(...)

There is a clear desire to continue an Irish Doctors’ Choir

In our celebration of 500 years of the Reformation, we are gifted with an insight into the potency of music in health and wellbeing by Martin Luther’s(...)

The Franciscan monastery on the Hill of Slane, Co Meath: a movement of reform had begun among the Franciscans  and other  Observant orders before the Reformation took hold in England and Wales. Photograph:  DeAgostini/Getty

Martin Luther’s pinning his 95 Theses – or reform proposals – to the door of his local university church in Wittenberg 500 years ago may well be more (...)

A statue of theologian Martin Luther on a wall in the Stadtkirche Sankt Marien church where he preached in Wittenberg, Germany. Photograph: Seán Gallup/Getty Images

It will be 500 years on October 31st since Martin Luther nailed his 95-Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. Luther objected to the way the doctrin(...)

Film-maker Volker Schlöndorff with writer Colm Tóibín. Photograph: Franziska Strauss

When Angela Merkel watched anxiously for results in Sunday’s federal election, one of her closest friends wasn’t there to hold her hand. Film directo(...)

In these days of increasing intolerance toward those who profess a different faith, it may be salutary to consider a startling example from the past. (...)

A sculpted relief shows Martin Luther on a wall in the Stadtkirche Sankt Marien church in Wittenberg, where he preached. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

The eastern German town of Wittenberg, half an hour by train south of Berlin, looks as if it’s ready to storm the Tidy Towns World Cup. On a sunny sum(...)

Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino gives the impression of re-drawing time. Photograph: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

Martin Luther, Brian Boydell and Salvatore Sciarrino were all celebrated at three very different musical celebrations during the past week.  The(...)

The tomb of Fr John O’Sullivan SJ during his beatification at St Francis Xavier’s church on Gardiner Street in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

There were wristbands, portaloos and even merchandise on sale on Dublin’s Gardiner Street at the weekend. However, this wasn’t some inner-city music (...)

It should not happen in Ireland and certainly not in a year which commemorates the beginnings of the Reformation 500 years ago, when Martin Luther nai(...)