Paul Vallely

Paul Vallely is visiting professor in Public Ethics at the University of Chester and a senior research fellow at the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester. He writes on ethical, political and cultural issues. He has a fortnightly column in the Independent on Sunday and also writes for the New York Times and the Church Times. His latest book is Pope Francis – Untying the Knots. He was co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa and has chaired several development charities.

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The landslide vote for gay marriage takes Irish society further away from the Vatican

Ireland gay marriage: The Church's decision not to lead the No campaign marks a new reality

In less than three decades, the church has lost its grip on the Irish

The case against Lord Janner should be heard by a jury to allow him the right to a defence and his alleged victims the chance to be heard also

Lord Janner: Justice has to be seen to be done – even in the case of the Labour peer

A court should have decided if he was fit to stand trial on charges of child abuse

Migrants, mostly from sub-Saharan Africa, rest in the harbour of Augusta, Sicily, on 16 April. They arrived in ‘barely seaworthy’ boats

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 As a nation, we are caught between fear and compassion when it comes to migrants

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Othello, Lyric Hammersmith, review: Physical theatre at its most pulsating and potent

This stripped-down Othello hurls Shakespeare's play into our times

Christmas Day cinema-goers seem to have mistaken the complexities of the right to free speech

The Sony Hack and the ethics of free speech

With freedom of speech comes the responsibility to use it wisely, something the US hasn't shown over Sony
Umu Fambulle stands over her husband Ibrahim after he staggered and fell, knocking him unconscious, in an Ebola ward in Monrovia, Liberia

Ebola crisis: Beyond the money, this forces our leaders to take action

The more singles Band Aid 30 sells, the more seriously our political masters will fight Ebola. So buy the record

The loan of the statue of Ilissos to the Hermitage has reignited debate about the Marbles

The Elgin Marbles belong to the whole world and have a legitimate home in more than one place

The debate about who owns the Parthenon statues is 100 years old, yet the arguments are often uninformed and kneejerk
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Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Royal Exchange Manchester, review: A compelling production

Something deep in Tennessee Williams' play still touches us today

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A move that will bring yet more deaths for Africa's desperate boat people

The Government claims that knowing they will be rescued is what encourages migrants – but this is based on flawed logic
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