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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

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’

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

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

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

Archbishop Gerhard Müller (CNS)

‘Catholics ought to avoid extremes’

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

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

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

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

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