The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and former Stormont First Minister Arlene Foster said she would be away with her family at the time. File photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Arlene Foster has declined an invitation to an address by Pope Francis in Dublin later this month. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader and for(...)

Wim Wenders with Pope Francis.

In centuries past, the likes of Velázquez and Raphael helped to burnish the images of popes. The most effective portraits established the Holy Father (...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar looks at a map of Dublin from 1610  with  Trinity’s registrar Prof Paula Murphy and  provost Dr Patrick Prendergast at an event to celebrate 425 years since TCD’s founding. Photograph: Tom Honan

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said while third level students should make a contribution toward their education, he could not support a system that left (...)

‘Many view the aspiration to Irish unity as legitimate, but it can also be seen as political harassment.’

Almost every week another article appears on Irish unity as writers sense that Brexit has made unity more attainable. Many view the aspiration to Iris(...)

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(...)

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