Mother Teresa

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Fr Pat Browne: ‘[David Amess] was very gregarious, very fun-loving and a bit whacky. When he was made a knight [in 2015], he dressed up in a knight’s uniform’

An Irish priest who became a close friend of murdered Conservative MP Sir David Amess has described him as a man who was always looking out for other (...)

Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of online news site Rappler and Novaya Gazeta editor Dmitry Muratov. Photographs: Alexander Zemlianichenko and Jerome Favre/EPA and AP

Journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov, who braved the wrath of the leaders of the Philippines and Russia to expose corruption and misrule, won t(...)

Critics have argued that Mother Teresa fetishised suffering rather than sought to alleviate it. Photograph: Jayanta Shaw/Reuters

During the Trump years, there was a small boom in documentaries about cults. At least two television series and a podcast were made about Nxivm, an or(...)

Mother Teresa: questioning and doubting were part of the faith journey of a spiritual great who inspired millions

‘My face shall not be seen.” It sounds like the latest Covid-19 masking instruction from the chief medical officer but is in fact a line from tomorrow(...)

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, US president Donald Trump’s nominee for the supreme court, in Washington on October 1st. Photograph: Anna Moneymaker/New York Times

On a winter afternoon in 2018, Judge Amy Coney Barrett rose to speak in Notre Dame Law School’s wood-panelled courtroom and thanked the people gathere(...)

 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(...)

Myanmar’s state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi at the UN’s International Court of Justice on Wednesday in The Hague. Photograph:  Koen Van Weel/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

Celebrity or villain? There have been times during the past few days when nobody – the media included – seemed quite sure how to characterise Aung San(...)

 Joe Pesci and Robert De Niro in the Martin Scorsese film The Irishman. Photograph: Netflix

As you can imagine, it’s a bit weird watching Martin Scorsese’s latest masterpiece when your name is Frank and “Irishman” is part of your job descript(...)

Gay Byrne: as he  passed through the Pearly Gates, he was probably still asking “Why?” Photograph:  Nick Bradshaw/PA

During my seminary days at the Irish College Rome, which largely coincided with the Second Vatican Council, I had a line to say in one of the plays we(...)

David Kessler

All Souls Day is a holy day for honouring the dead. It is a day when memory becomes action. It can be the saying of prayers, or lighting candles for t(...)

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