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The  story of a primary-school teacher, Margaret Skinnider, who was shot and wounded during the Easter 1916 uprising, has rightly caught the eye of Dublin journalists

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Scores killed as church roof collapses in Nigeria

Twenty-two people have been killed and 36 injured when the roof of a Catholic church in rural Nigeria collapsed during services.

Stile Antico, Wigmore Hall

If you want proof of the extent to which ‘early music’ is now enshrined in our culture, look no further than the packed Wigmore Hall on Easter Sunday, where the a cappella group Stile Antico were singing Renaissance motets which not so long ago would have drawn a small cohort of sandalled beardies and flower-maidens.

Bank holidays 'cost economy £18bn'

Scrapping public holidays could add £18 billion to the nation's annual economic output, according to a think-tank.

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Pope preaches peace at Easter

A fatigued-looking Pope Benedict threw his weight behind a United Nations plan to end bloodshed in Syria in his Easter Sunday message yesterday, calling for "an immediate commitment" to peace efforts there.

Dr Rowan Williams gives his Easter sermon at Canterbury

Williams attacks exclusion of RE in his final Easter sermon

Outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury and Catholic leaders take on highly charged political subjects

Pope uses Easter message to call on Syria to end bloodshed

Pope Benedict XVI used his Easter Sunday message to urge the Syrian regime to heed international calls to end bloodshed and commit to dialogue.

Archbishop of Canterbury makes appeal to the young

Young people's hostility towards faith is not as extreme as society perceives with many taking the issue of religion seriously, the Archbishop of Canterbury will say in his Easter sermon.

Thousands mark Easter Mass in Jerusalem

Thousands of Christians celebrated Easter Mass in Jerusalem in an array of processions and prayer sessions.

Giles Fraser: The cross is a symbol of cruelty, not a club badge

How did an instrument of Roman torture end up becoming a club badge for pious Christians? The cross was supposed to inspire terror, and those crucified made into a public spectacle of Roman imperial power. Crucifixion sent a message: we, the Romans, are in control. Defy us and die a horrible death.

Three held over theft of artefacts

Two Chinese artefacts stolen in a break-in at a university museum are estimated to be worth £2 million, according to police.

Christians 'should wear a cross' says Cardinal

Christians should wear a cross on their clothes every day as "a symbol of their beliefs", according to the head of the Catholic church in Scotland.

Leading article: To everything there is a season

Easter is the last major movable feast in the Christian calendar – something which is easy to forget this year, because it falls neither too early (before the end of March) nor too late (a good way through April), but just right. April 8 is pretty much the ideal date for Easter Sunday. So long as the educational year is divided into three terms, this timing for Easter leaves enough time for a break before and after the festival, and does not cut into the summer term. The spring term is neither artificially extended nor curtailed.

Turf cutters invoke Easter Rising in row over peat bogs

In events that might inspire an Irish dramatist, an unholy turf war has broken out across the country's bogs, pitting the government, the European Commission and the green lobby against rural-dwellers fighting for the right to heat their homes.

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