Martin Luther

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Not only did Martin Luther gift the world Protestantism, he also gave it the Christmas tree

So here it is, merry Christmas everybody’s having fu . . . um, a socially distanced and responsible time in small and sober groups from not more than (...)

Anne Soupa being interviewed on the porch of the Église de la Madeleine. Photograph: Lara Marlowe

A frail-looking grandmother of eight from Lyon led dozens of French women this week in the founding act of Toutes Apôtres, All-Women Apostles. The gro(...)

Pope Francis: Heresy is back. In a big way. You know this is the case when that old rhetorical question “is the Pope a Catholic?” doesn’t work anymore; especially when a vocal minority suspect he isn’t.  Photograph: AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia

On April 30th last year a group of Catholic theologians wrote an open letter to the College of Bishops accusing Pope Francis of heresy and asking that(...)

Al Pacino in Hunters, streaming from Friday on Amazon Prime

Lost Lives Sunday, BBC1, 9pm This acclaimed documentary was released last year in the same week that Arlene Foster claimed the Belfast Agreement was n(...)

‘On its own, the question of whether or not there is a God is  interesting in the abstract, but not very relevant to daily life,’ says historian of religion Alec Ryrie. Photograph: Getty Images

New atheists attract a lot of hostility but, if you’re not one yourself, consider how infuriating it must be to see church worship on the rise interna(...)

Bas-relief at Jerpoint Abbey, a Cistercian abbey founded in 1158 in Co Kilkenny. Photograph:  DeAgostini/Getty Images

The first thing to say, of course, is that Santa Claus does not have a grave. Santa Claus cannot have a grave because Santa Claus can never die. San(...)

Thirty years ago, I worked at a theatre box office in London’s West End. Of an evening, staff from rival houses would gather for drinks in the “Italia(...)

Two soldiers lower the  Irish flag  outside the General Post Office in Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Ireland is a country united by geography and divided by history. In James Joyce’s great novel Ulysses, Leopold Bloom, the main protagonist and an Iri(...)

John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown’s transatlantic aircraft crossed the Atlantic between St John’s, Newfoundland and Clifden, Ireland on June 15th, 1919. (Photograph: SSPL/Getty Images

It is probably easier to look back and weigh the importance of a particular scientific achievement of the past than to predict how science will influe(...)

Martin Kelleher working on Kelleher’s Christmas Tree Farm, Brannockstown, Naas, Co. Kildare. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Christmas tree farmer, Martin Kelleher says the part of growing Christmas trees he enjoys most is selling them to the public. From December 1st to 23r(...)

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