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Government likely to introduce legislation to allow abortion in limited circumstances

John McAreavey, 28, says ‘without my faith, God knows where I would be’

Bishop of Ferns said many parishes have received requests for prayers for fine weather

Archbishop Martin welcomes more than 12,000 pilgrims from 120 countries

Suggestion to target Catholics contained in a letter to Osama bin Laden

Ireland’s foreign minister says closure is for economic reasons and is not related to the Cloyne report row

Enda Kenny launches extraordinary attack on the Vatican in parliament, saying its policy on abuse is ‘calculated’ and ‘withering’

Under new legislation priests would be punished with up to five years in prison if they did not pass on details of abuse heard in Confession

Minister summons papal nuncio to a meeting following a report into the mishandling of child abuse allegations

Report also says that Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, who resigned last year, admitted to ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with a young man