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Thousands gather of Dublins O'Connell Street for this years St Patricks day parade (PA)

Hail, glorious St Patrick!

But beware the dangerous new tradition that paints 20th century Ireland as a grim theocracy

Mgr Tomas Halik speaks during a news conference after being awarded the 2014 Templeton Prize

Like John Paul II, he was ordained in secret and lived and worked under Communism for many years

'Tony Benn was certainly a content-rich politician, in contrast to the content-lite politicians who created New Labour' (PA)

If a society is to flourish then the secular arena must make room for religious viewpoints

Francis celebrates Mass at Santa Maria dell' Orazione parish in Rome (AP)

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

Pope Francis – the secular media think they love him, but we really do

The secular media are in love with a pope of their own creation

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor (Mazur/

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

Tony Benn, who died this morning

A quarter of a century ago the Labour politician described how Nonconformism shaped him

Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth

Into the space created by secularism will flood some other not necessarily benign ideology

So, Pope Francis, we hear you're going to create female cardinals… (AP)

Remember when the Pope named himself Francis I, backed female cardinals and abolished sin? Neither do we

Pope Francis (AP)

Pope Francis: In his own words

Selected quotes from the first year of Francis’s pontificate