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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(...)

Lukas Bates, dressed as Big Ben, struggles to get over the finish line during the London Marathon. Photo: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

It’s possibly no consolation to Liverpool fans after 29.1 millimetres banjaxed their Sunday, but there’s always someone worse off. Like that man dre(...)

The National History Museum in Tirana, Albania, a city full of socialist realist art. Photograph: Getty Images

Elizabeth Gowing has been living in Tirana for more than five years. She moved there because of her partner’s job and now runs a monthly environmental(...)

Darren Smith, television producer and  managing director of Kite Entertainment. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Darren Smith apologises for checking his phone. He is waiting for last night’s television ratings to come through: when we meet, Ireland’s Fittest Fam(...)

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