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Archbishop Thomas White was only the second Irish man in the history of the Catholic Church to have served as a Papal Nuncio in a country where he did not already hold a bishopric.

Archbishop Thomas White, who has died aged 85, had a long and distinguished career in the Vatican diplomatic corps and served in Africa, Asia, the Ame(...)

Mass at St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.  Photograph: EPA

The death has taken place of Archbishop Thomas White (85), a priest of Ossory diocese who had one of the most varied careers an Irishman has had with (...)

Battling killer disease

The introduction by the World Health Organisation of the world’s first malaria vaccine is a significant milestone for global health. Ghana, Kenya and (...)

Fiona Ryan  of the Sonas domestic violence charity at the scene of the fire: “We are scrupulous about protecting our clients’ privacy, in life and in death.” Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Brigid and Annmarie O’Brien were ‘inseparable’, and “they lived for their children”, a cousin of their families has said. Jim O’Brien, chairman of (...)

Israel’s parliament has passed a law barring entry of foreigners who support the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign. Photograph: Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Israel’s parliament has passed a controversial law barring entry of foreigners who call for a boycott of Israel, including activists who limit their p(...)

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the US. Photograph: Malcolm McNally

Ireland’s ambassador in London, Dan Mulhall, is to become ambassador to the United States as part of a rotation in the senior ranks at the Department (...)

Madonna sits with her biological and adopted children (left to right): David Banda, Lourdes, Mercy James, and Rocco at Mkoko Primary School in the region of Kasungu, central Malawi. File photograph from April, 2013: Amos Gumulira/AFP/Getty Images

Malawi’s High Court on Tuesday granted Madonna permission to adopt twins from the Southern African country, a judiciary spokesman said. The American (...)

 Heather Maseko: “Whole districts were covered in water and livestock, food and houses washed away.” Photograph: Eric Luke

It is often said that climate change is hitting the world’s poorest countries hardest and that those who have contributed the least to its causes are(...)

Spiced duck with figs. Photographs: Donal Skehan

We live in a world of constantly changing circumstances. I plan the recipes for this column in advance, choosing dishes that will fit around particul(...)

Samantha, a young asylum seeker, lives in the direct provision system. She was accepted to study in Maynooth but cannot afford the fees. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

You’ve fled war and poverty. You’ve taken your children across the sea on a rickety boat and hoped to survive. After many sleepless, hungry distressed(...)

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