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

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too

Benedict XVI speaks in the Basilica of St John at the Lateran yesterday (AP)

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Sister Farrell, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (CNS photo)

I hope they stay in the Church, even if they have caused it harm

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

ARTWORK OF ADAM AND EVE DISPLAYED AT VATICAN MUSEUM

But there’s something odd about wanting to appear nude in public

The opening Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress (AP)

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Royal couple in Italy

It is not just ‘bible-thumping Christians’ who oppose the change

What makes a country third world?

Policemen who don’t expect a tip

Pope Benedict leads the Corpus Christi procession in Rome (AP)

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