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‘Catholics ought to avoid extremes’

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, speaks exclusively to Mary O’Regan

‘It all came together in the Himalayas’

Archbishop Brown presents his credentials to Irish president Michael D Higgins

Archbishop Charles Brown, the Apostolic Nuncio to Ireland, tells Mary O’Regan his faith truly came alive when trekking in Tibet

Meet 10 of the world’s most amazing priests

Fr Apostoli preaches at a Mass marking the end of preliminary research into the life of Archbishop Sheen (CNS)

As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives

The Congress has prepared Ireland for a possible papal visit

Pilgrims inside Croke Park in Dublin during the Statio Orbis (PA photo)

It has shown we Irish Catholics can put aside our bitterness about abuse and rejoice in what unites all the world’s faithful

The Eucharistic Congress is promoting the awareness that Irish Catholics are not the only ones that suffer in the world

Pilgrims in Dublin who are not put off by a bit of rain (CNS photo)

Amazing stories of forgiveness and cheerfulness in the face of heartbreaking loss is making us appreciate our lot in life

Only a proper understanding of the priesthood will renew the Irish Church

Cardinal Ouellet, papal legate, leads a Eucharistic procession at the Congress (PA photo)

Ireland has seen two nasty extremes: fawning over and hatred of priests. The solution lies in rediscovering what the priesthood is about

In Dublin young families are inspired by august intellectuals who don’t mince their words

Cardinal Brady described the columnist John Waters as a 'great man' (Photo: IEC2012)

Parents hear talks by David Quinn on the crisis of the family and John Waters on finding religion (and learning to pray on his knees)

The Congress is flying in the face of modern Irish culture – and is all the better for it

Young people take part in a parade at the Congress's opening Mass (CNS photo)

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too

Pilgrims who have come to Dublin are already re-invigorating Ireland’s faithful

Altar servers lead the procession at the conclusion of the opening Mass (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress offers us Irish Catholics the chance to re-root our faith

Ten Catholic women who changed the world

Edith Stein, St Teresa of Avila, St Thérèse of Lisieux and St Catherine of Siena are depicted in a stained-glass window in Montauk, New York (Photo: CNS)

Mary O’Regan profiles 10 Catholic women who transformed the planet with their holiness, untiring work and incredible creativity