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Someone, somewhere is responsible for the Greek tragedy

Riot police use tear gas as protesters stand in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012. Riots engulfed central Athens and at least 10 buildings went up in flames in mass protests late Sunday as lawmakers prepared for a historic parliamentary vote on harsh austerity measures demanded to keep the country solvent and within the eurozone. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

The economic approach of Athens has resembled Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair

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

It isn’t just that Cameron is wrong when he claims we won’t be forced to conduct ‘gay marriages’ in church: that’s just what he’s telling his constituents

David Cameron is apparently telling constituents that the same-sex marriage law will affect religious marriage too (PA photo)

The ECHR has made the law quite clear: unless we repudiate the court, that’s what will happen

Fight breast cancer – by speaking out against abortion

Pink balloons raise awareness of breast cancer in Seoul, South Korea (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Few of those campaigning against the awful disease wish to mention one of its possible causes

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/06/12

The closing Mass of the congress at Croke Park in Dublin (PA)

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

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

Queues for Confession on a Saturday night

A tent for Adoration in Leicester Square, central London (Photo: Mazur)

The Spirit in the City initiative last weekend put the focus on the big stuff: worship, repentance and rejoicing. I hope it touched lonely souls

The Irish government is going to make it a criminal offence for a priest not to tell the gardai when a sex offender confesses his crime: I say, bring it on

Alan Shatter, Ireland's Minister for Justice (PA photo)

A few dozen Irish priests in jail will do the Church nothing but good

The Sacred Heart is a rich and important devotion. But its iconography lacks theological vim

Pompeo Batoni's 1767 Sacred Heart

Attempts to convey Christ’s love for humanity in art have, it seems to me, had limited success

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