Muslims pose for a photograph outside the Kul Sharif mosque  in Kazan during a celebration of Eid al-Fitr festival on May 13th last. Photograph: Yegor Aleyev/Tass via Getty Images

A fortress razed and then rebuilt by a triumphant Ivan the Terrible would seem to be an unlikely symbol of tolerance and inclusivity. But the snow-wh(...)

One of the most striking answers provided by today’s Ipsos Global Trends 2021 study is the relative absence of nostalgia

Nostalgia is the sweetest of emotions. It is a gentle reverie, a daydream of an imagined past. But when it is injected into politics, it can turn sour(...)

Pope Francis delivers the Angelus prayer from the window of his study overlooking St Peter’s Square at the Vatican earlier on July 4th, 2021. Photograph: Andreas Solaro / AFP

Pope Francis is alert, breathing without assistance, and in a good overall condition following surgery to remove part of his colon, the Vatican said o(...)

An extract from derek scally's New memoir, The Best Catholics in the World, explores Ireland’s self-image of ‘holy victimhood’ On the wall (...)

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(...)

When almost a million people gathered on Prague’s Wenceslas Square and much of the country joined a general strike, it was clear that political authority had changed. Photograph: Lubomir Kotek/AFP via Getty Images

Tomas Halik admits questioning the scope of papal infallibility during a private Vatican dinner with Pope John Paul II in November 1989, when the pont(...)

A tomb is opened at the Teutonic Cemetery in the Vatican on Thursday as part of the investigation into the disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi 36 years ago. Photograph: Vatican Media/EPA

The Vatican opened two tombs on Thursday to see if the body of a girl missing since 1983 was hidden there and ran into a new mystery when nothing was(...)

An undated  photograph  of a poster appealing for information on the whereabouts of Emanuela Orlandi, who disapeared on June 22nd 1983. Photograph: EPA/STF

The disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi, the 15-year-old daughter of a Vatican City employee, who vanished off a Rome street one summer day after attend(...)

Dr Patrick Hillery at Áras an Uachtaráin. Photograph: Pat Langan

President Patrick Hillery came under pressure in 1988 to carry out a State visit to the Vatican in order to facilitate a second visit by Pope John Pau(...)

Jack Black and Jason Schwartzman in The Polka King. Photograph: Netflix

There’s a touch of School of Rock with an Oom-Pah-Pah beat about this likeable, if lightweight comedy featuring Jack Black in a role that is, if you (...)

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