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Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

Anders Breivik: not everything he wrote was hate-filled (CNS photo)

The fact is that even mass murderers agree with sensible people sometimes: you can’t keep quiet, just in case

York Minster: view it online for free (PA photo)

You should, of course, make a voluntary contribution to its maintenance; but it’s your decision. They have no right to stop you

Patriarch Bartholomew I meets European Commission president José Manuel Barroso (AP Photo/Murad Sezer, Pool)

I wonder why Brussels isn’t interested? Maybe it approves

Enda Kenny pins blame for the mishandling of abuse allegations on the Vatican (PA photo)

Both at the CDF and as Pope he has clearly directed that crimes must be reported to the civil authorities

The new Archbishop of Philadelphia was a 'highly personal choice' by the Pope  (CNS photo)

That depends on our new nuncio: and fingers crossed, he’s the Pope’s man too

Rupert Murdoch holds copies of the Sun and the Times at his new print works in Wapping in 1986 (PA photo)

It’s time to get some sense of balance into this frenzied debate

The licence fee funds all of the BBC's output, not just the programmes we choose to watch (Clara Molden/PA Wire)
Rupert Murdoch at a conference last Friday in Idaho (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

And the death of the News of The World, for all its remaining faults, is nothing to crow about

G K Chesterton said he would only take racial distinctions seriously 'when I find a man classifying himself as inferior' (PA photo)

He was one of the few convinced anti-racists of his time: the allegation just doesn’t add up