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Catholic journalists and bloggers have a duty to tell the truth about Francis

Pope Francis – the secular media think they love him, but we really do

The secular media are in love with a pope of their own creation

Hillary Clinton need not be a nightmare for Catholics

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (PA)

Mother Teresa persuaded Clinton to open a home for orphaned children, and we should follow the feisty nun’s example

Philip Seymour Hoffman’s role as Fr Flynn was among his greatest performances

Hoffman, with Doubt co-stars Viola Davis, Amy Adams and Meryl Streep (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The late actor shone a torch into the dark corners of clericism

We have the ‘Francis effect’ to thank for the reopening of Ireland’s Vatican embassy

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Seamus Heaney wasn’t anti-Catholic, but he saw Irish Catholicism as a thing of the past

Seamus Heaney., who died in August (PA)

The late poet’s attitude to his faith goes some way to explaining why he was adored by the liberal, secular elite

We urgently need to re-orientate the debate about Natural Fertility Awareness

A poster promoting Natural Fertility Awareness used by the US Bishops Conference (CNS)

We need reminding that Natural Fertility Awareness can support women who are trying to conceive

Fr Ray Blake described the reality of helping the poor. He should be applauded, not castigated

Fr Ray Blake appraisal of his work with the poor has upset the consciences of those who have not let the needy near them (CNS)

If Fr Ray stops blogging, it will be a victory for the worst kind of censorship

I thought we should hit Assad hard, but Pope Francis has changed my mind

Francis made a powerful appeal for peace last Sunday (AP)

At first, the Pope’s appeals for peace exasperated me. Surely we had passed the point of no return

Ireland has not lost its Catholic identity

Primate of all Ireland Cardinal Brady will lead the Consecration ceremony  (PA)

Today’s Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady will poke the consciences of practising Catholics

Ireland’s abortion bill has rendered the constitution meaningless

Pro-lifers march down  O'Connell Street in Dublin earlier this month (PA)

The constitution is being cast aside as a relic of the nation’s poor Catholic past