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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

I love the Tridentine Mass, but this doesn’t stop me loving Pope Francis

Altar servers pictured at an Extraordinary Form Mass at the Basilica of St John Lateran in Rome (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

There is room in the Faith for both the Extraordinary Form and the kind of Franciscan austerity embodied by the Pontiff

The histrionic response to Pope Francis missing a concert is unfair on a man who must make difficult decisions everyday

As Pope Francis's chair sits empty, Monsignor Rino Fisichella reads a message from the Pontiff before Saturday's concert  (Photo: PA)

It seems the outpouring of love for the Pope has been feigned in some quarters and his detractors have leapt on a chance to criticise him

‘There’s hunger for mercy in the world’

Cardinal Seán O'Malley of Boston (Photo: CNS)

Cardinal Seán O’Malley talks to Mary O’Regan about Irish abortion legislation, Pope Francis and his new role as a ‘super cardinal’

The men who could be pope: Cardinal Leonardo Sandri

Cardinal Sandri recites the Angelus at the Vatican in 2005, serving as a stand-in for Pope John Paul II (Photo: CNS)

A diplomat who tames enemies

Abortion legislation in Ireland has united pro-lifers and split Enda Kenny’s own party

An estimated 25,000 people joined a pro-life march in Dublin (Photo: PA)

Among pro-lifers decades-old grudges have been dropped and people who weren’t on speaking terms are making plans with each other

‘All our detractors can do is call us names’

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco (Photo: CNS)

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone tells Mary O’Regan we can achieve ‘spiritual greatness’ in the fight for marriage