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A Cuban man gives another a haircut outside a Caritas centre housing migrants in Panama City. Photograph: Sally Hayden

In another country he’d be a pensioner, but grey-haired José is dreaming of a new life. Small and rotund, with baggy trousers and a stained shirt, he(...)

In a Word . . . charity

The magazine cover last month asked, in a blazing headline, “Is Charity Dead?” My immediate reaction was, “Ah now! Surely that’s over the top?” Chari(...)

Pope Francis: His visit  to Sweden is intended to shift the emphasis from any perception of possible conflict between the Catholic and Protestant churches to one of communion. Photograph: Tony Gentile/AP Photo

Irish people are being encouraged by the Catholic bishops to join with them and Pope Francis by holding prayer gatherings for peace, particularly in S(...)

Yemeni boys in the refugee camp prove an energetic bunch. Photograph: James Jeffrey

Using a scrunched up piece of tissue between her fingers, 20-year-old Gada dabs at her eyes between the slit in her black niqab face veil. After more (...)

A file photo of a child in the Jungle refugee camp in Calais, France. Hundreds of migrants and refugees based at the camp have been ordered to leave next week or face eviction, local aid workers said. Photograph: PA

Hundreds of migrants and refugees based at the Jungle camp in Calais have been ordered to leave next week or face eviction, local aid workers said. S(...)

Pope Francis greets  children during his visit in Nairobi, Kenya. The pontiff told a packed stadium in the city: ‘Let’s hold hands together, let’s stand up as a sign against bad tribalism.’

Pope Francis urged young Kenyans on Friday not to yield to the sweet lure of corruption, and urged them to help those tempted by “fanatical” id(...)

French prime minister Manuel Valls: “Migrants must be treated with dignity, lodged and cared for. Our duty is to find long-term solutions”. Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

Prime minister Manuel Valls made the most fervent official French plea to date on behalf of migrants who are “fleeing war, persecution, torture and op(...)

Migrants walk in the direction of the Eurotunnel terminal  near Calais, northern France. Photograph: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images

When several thousand Irish construction workers were involved in building the Channel Tunnel more than 25 years ago, tabloid newspapers reported o(...)

Anti-Slavery International director Aidan McQuade was educated at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School in Newry, a school the late former tánaiste Frank Aiken and former deputy first minister Séamus Mallon both attended.

A South Armagh man with an insatiable appetite for knowledge is at the centre of the campaign to eradicate slavery across the globe. Dr Aidan McQuade (...)

Pope Francis had a busy week at the  Vatican, from meeting Cuban president Raúl Castro to grappling with the Israeli-Palestinian question. Photograph: AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

As he came out of the Paul VIth hall and made his way back to his quarters in the Domus Santa Marta, Pope Francis appeared to be engaged in serious co(...)

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