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Bishop McMahon will be installed on The Feast of St Joseph the Worker on May 1 (Mazur)

The McMahon ‘pick’ represents a spreading of the net, though not perhaps a very dramatic one

Thousands gather of Dublins O'Connell Street for this years St Patricks day parade (PA)

Hail, glorious St Patrick!

But beware the dangerous new tradition that paints 20th century Ireland as a grim theocracy

'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth

Into the space created by secularism will flood some other not necessarily benign ideology

Pope Francis walks past musicians before a general audience (AP)

Pastoral bishops and priests must help the Pope if his desired changes are to be achieved

Benedict XVI pictured in 2010 walking with his personal secretary, Msgr Georg Ganswein, in the gardens of Castel Gandolfo (CNS)

The public will soon be able to visit the grounds of Castel Gandolfo

Francis may develop the insights contained in Humanae Vitae (CNS)

I bet Francis is going to develop Church teaching on birth control at some point in his pontificate

Colm Wilkinson as Bishop Myriel in Les Misérables

The musical’s Bishop Myriel is the best example of a Pope Francis-style bishop. Cardinal Wolsey, or Cardinal Richelieu, on the other hand…

The Pope gives Communion to a child. But what about the divorced? (CNS)

The question presents many dilemmas for Catholics and the Church

Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, the papal delegate in charge of governing the Legionaries of Christ, leaves after concelebrating a Mass to open the congregation's general chapter in Rome earlier this year (CNS)

Many religious communities must rediscover their sense of unity of purpose