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Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said ‘we have witnessed during the shock of this pandemic a resurgence of some of the things that are central to human community.’ Photograph: Getty

Dublin’s two Archbishops have welcomed the lifting of Government pandemic restrictions that will see public worship resume in the Republic from Tuesda(...)

The burial of Diego Armando Maradona at the Jardin Bella Vista cemetery in Buenos Aires. Photograph: Getty Images

Diego Maradona, the Argentinian football legend, has been buried in a small, private ceremony in Buenos Aires – a stark contrast to chaotic scenes ear(...)

 Fans in Buenos Aires queue up to view the coffin of Diego Maradona. Photograph:  Fotonoticias/Getty Images

Huge crowds gathered to say goodbye to Diego Maradona in Buenos Aires on Thursday, and with emotions running high clashes between police and fans brok(...)

Many of us still see biodiversity loss as a distant abstraction and climate change as a futuristic scenario, so we kick these cans down the road, and continue with business as usual. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

This week’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on our environment lays bare, in forensic detail, the abysmal failure by successive governmen(...)

‘The Catholic Church is prioritising public health measures for the sake of the common good,’ said Bishop Francis Duffy. Photograph: iStock

A parish priest has been given a “last warning” by gardaí, who told him he was in breach of Covid-19 regulations after he continued to leave his churc(...)

Online Masses from Knock during both lockdowns have been attracting worldwide audiences from as far apart as Ho Chi Minh City to Anchorage in Alaska. File photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Income at Knock shrine in Co Mayo has been “massively” down due to the Covid-19 pandemic and was now “just keeping going thanks to the generosity of (...)

US president-elect Joe Biden: ‘I find this more embarrassing for the country than debilitating for my ability to get started.’ Photograph: Roberto Schmidt/AFP via Getty

US president-elect Joe Biden has set out his coronavirus strategy and warned that more Americans may die if president Donald Trump refuses to co-ordin(...)

File image from September 24th, 2015, of Pope Francis with then US vice-president Joe Biden, on a balcony at the US Capitol. Photograph: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

US president-elect Joe Biden has pressed ahead with his transition plans, appointing a new chief of staff and holding a congratulatory phone call with(...)

President-elect Joe Biden has already started to appoint his cabinet. Photograph: The New York Times

More Republicans on Thursday broke with President Donald Trump’s refusal to cooperate with Joe Biden, saying Mr Biden is entitled to intelligence brie(...)

The report was particularly critical of Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols who, it noted, had failed to ‘acknowledge any personal responsibility or show compassion for victims in the recent cases we examined’. File photograph: Getty

Two reports published on Tuesday, one by the Vatican and another in the UK, have further undermined the Catholic Church’s credibility in its handling (...)

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