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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

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)

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

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too

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

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

Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistan’s minister for minorities and a Catholic, was ambushed, shot and killed by gunmen on March 2

Ten amazing Catholics of the year

Mary O’Regan profiles 10 Catholics around the world who showed extraordinary courage, skill and determination during 2011

Paschal Uche welcomes the Pope (Photo: CNS)

Meet ten amazing young Catholics

Mary O’Regan profiles ten young people from different walks of life who are living out their Catholic faith in extraordinary ways

Fr Patrick Desbois has dedicated his life to seeking out witnesses to Nazi mass executions in Ukrainian villages (CNS photo/ Debbie Hill)

Ten Catholics doing amazing work

Mary O’Regan profiles 10 Catholics who are quietly using their talents in the service of others in an astonishing variety of fields

Salesian priest Fr John Lee Tae-seok blesses a child in Sudan

Fr John Lee Tae-soek was once so scared of lepers that he hid from them, but he became their champion

Lila Rose: ‘It’s our job to be strong and sincere, kind but unwavering in our defence of the truth’

The new face of the pro-life cause

Mary O’Regan talks to Lila Rose, the woman taking on Planned Parenthood