Kevin McNamara: his arrival in the Commons following a byelection came just before the outbreak of the Troubles and for the bulk of his career it was a major focus of his concern. Photograph: PA

Former British Labour Party MP Kevin McNamara, who has died aged 82,probably did more during his long political career than any other British politici(...)

A Vatican directive states: ‘Low-gluten hosts (partially gluten-free) are valid matter, provided they contain a sufficient amount of gluten to obtain the confection of bread without the addition of foreign materials and without the use of procedures that would alter the nature of bread.’ Photograph: Getty Images

The unleavened bread that Catholics use in the celebration of communion must contain some gluten, even if only a trace amount, according to a new Vati(...)

The Cutting Edge programme was said to include “patronising, ill informed, ignorant and insensitive comments” which should have been challenged by host Brendan O’Connor.

Two Church of Ireland women priests have taken strong exception to a portrayal of the church as “watered down Catholicism” on Wednesday night’s RTÉ On(...)

Belfast: Three houses badly damaged  from a bonfire in the Shankill Road area after  celebrations held by loyalists to mark Twelfth of July in Northern Ireland. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Norman Calderwood (69), a member of the 1982 St Brendan’s Temperance Orange Lodge, had “a brilliant day” at the annual Twelfth of July parade in Belf(...)

Pope Francis meets refugees at the Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday. Photograph: Filippo Monteforte/Pool Photo via AP

Pope Francis returned from a visit to the Greek island of Lesbos on Saturday, taking 12 Syrian refugees with him as a “gesture of welcome” amidst wha(...)

In praise of the family

In embracing not the “ideal family” but the complexity of family life and its multiple often “imperfect” manifestations, Pope Francis has sought to re(...)

Donald Trump has accused Mexico of sending rapists and drug-runners across the United States’ southern border and has vowed if elected president to build a wall to keep out immigrants who enter illegally. Photograph: Max Rossi/Reuters

Pope Francis forcefully injected himself into the US presidential campaign on Thursday, assailing Republican candidate Donald Trump’s views on US immi(...)

The late DUP leader  Ian Paisley: said he had urged SDLP leader John Hume to start talking with other political leaders. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh/The Irish Times

The late Democratic Unionist Party leader Rev Ian Paisley was rebuked by Northern Ireland secretary of state Douglas Hurd in 1984 after Dr Paisley ha(...)

Pope Francis kisses a baby Jesus statue as he leads the midnight Christmas Mass in Saint Peters Basilica at the Vatican. Photograph: Alessandro Di Meo/EPA

Pope Francis addressed the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics in his homily on Christmas Eve, urging those “intoxicated” by possessions and superfici(...)

Pope Francis was greeted by about 80,000 people as he drove through sprawling Central Park on Friday. Photograph: Richard Drew/Reuters

Pope Francis, a day after addressing the United Nations in New York, travels on Saturday to Philadelphia, the birthplace of US independence, to promot(...)

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