An unholy trinity of ghastly misadventures in sport happened at three historic venues: Aintree; the old twin-towered Wembley; and St Andrews. That the misadventures are still talked of five decades later says everything about their enduring appeal, writes
Mon, 15 Oct, 2018
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The Vatican has distanced Pope Francis from Kim Davis, the focal point in the gay marriage debate in the US, saying she was one of dozens of people the Pope greeted in Washington and that their encounter “should not be considered a form of support of her position”.
Sat, 03 Oct, 2015
Pope Francis declared that there is a “right of the environment” and that mankind has no authority to abuse it, telling more than 100 world leaders and diplomats at the United Nations that urgent action is needed to halt the destruction of God’s creation.
Sat, 26 Sep, 2015
The Vatican’s former ambassador to the Dominican Republic, who had been charged by church prosecutors with sexually abusing children in the Caribbean country, died of apparent natural causes as he awaited trial, the Vatican said.
Sat, 29 Aug, 2015
His head bowed and hands clasped in front of him, Pope Francis stood today for two minutes of silent prayer facing east inside one of Istanbul’s most important mosques, as he shifted gears toward more religious affairs on the second leg of his three-day visit to mainly Muslim Turkey.
Sat, 29 Nov, 2014
EARLIER this week the all-powerful, life-giving or life-denying European Central Bank published the results of its stress tests on 130 of Europe’s banks. Only 25 failed and just one — and what a welcome “just” that is — is Irish.
Fri, 31 Oct, 2014
Pope Francis has arrived in South Korea on the first papal visit to the Asian nation in 25 years, stepping off a plane on to a red carpet and greeting the president, Catholics and grieving relatives of the ferry disaster.
Thu, 14 Aug, 2014
Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has emerged from his self-imposed silence inside the Vatican walls to publish a letter to a prominent Italian atheist defending his record on sexually abusive priests and discussing topics from evolution to theology to the figure of Jesus Christ.
Tue, 24 Sep, 2013
FRANCIS has been Pope for just over six months and he has already ushered in what can only be described as a kind of ecclesiastical perestroika. It’s a message that may well find resonance in a country like Ireland where many people describe themselves as Catholics but no longer attend Mass regularly.
Sat, 21 Sep, 2013