Pope Francis

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Climate action is not just one more item on the weekly shopping list. Rather, it affects all other crises: homelessness, housing, healthcare, economic reform. Photograph: iStock

Coronavirus haunts the waking hours of many. It raises huge existential questions about the death of loved ones without rituals, the sudden unemployme(...)

Pandemic restrictions in place on the pews at the Church of Our Lady Help of Christians on Dublin’s Navan Road. Photograph: Alan Betsonimes

Ireland’s Catholic bishops are speeding up preparations to re-open churches for public Masses in case this is allowed to happen sooner than the July 2(...)

Dr Ali Al Saleh (centre, in white) said that Covid-19 spared no race, no region and ‘has put us away from our churches, our mosques, our prayer places’ but it was also ‘an opportunity to show the strength of our faith.’ File photograph: Cyril Byrne

An Irish Muslim leader who was critically ill with Covid-19 joined other religious leaders in expressing gratitude to frontline staff and praying for (...)

Nazi governor Otto von Wächter with his wife Charlotte, daughter Traute and son Horst at Zell-am-See train station, Salzburg, Austria, in 1944. Photograph: courtesy of Horst Wächter

Philippe Sands may have met more war criminals than anyone else in the world. “I’ve sat with mass murderers who are totally regular decent folk when y(...)

World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont  is being challenged by present vice-chairman  Agustín Pichot. Photograph: Toshifumi Kitamura/AFP via Getty Images

On Sunday, World Rugby will elect its chairman for the next four years. In the past, this event has held about as much interest for rugby people (...)

Environmental activist Greta Thunberg has a video conversation about the coronavirus and climate change  at the Nobel Museum in Stockholm on Tuesday. Photograph: Jessica Gow/EPA

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg has called for a combined effort to tackle coronavirus and the climate crisis, saying the 50th anniversary of Earth Da(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee Palace in Paris. Photograph:  Yoan Valat/Pool via Reuters

“We are all embarking on the unthinkable,” says Emmanuel Macron, leaning forward at his desk in the Elysée Palace in Paris after an aide has cleaned t(...)

Our civilisation . . . needs to downshift, take stock and renew itself,” Pope Francis said. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has called on international governments to consider introducing a universal basic wage in the post-pandemic world. It “would ensure and c(...)

Fr Martin Cosgrove celebrates Mass in an empty Church of the Annunciation Catholic church in Rathfarnham, Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley/EPA

Easter liturgies will take place behind closed doors across Ireland as the coronavirus disrupts the most important week in the Christian calendar. It (...)

Cardinal George Pell leaves HM Prison Barwon, in Anakie, Victoria, Australia, on Tuesday. Photograph: EPA

Pope Francis has recalled the “persecution that Jesus suffered” and has prayed for those who suffer “unjust sentences” hours after Australia’s highest(...)

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