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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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Revellers on the Mall in London watch the Queen appear on the Buckingham Palace balcony (PA photo)

We’ll even borrow one from abroad rather than become republican

Diamond Jubilee celebrations

The Italian classic listed among the Deputy PM’s favourites is all about the futility of liberalism

Cardinal Bertone, left, and Cardinal Sodano, who apparently tried to block his appointment as Secretary of State (CNS photo)

Cardinal Bertone was appointed for the right reasons; his enemies now are those of the Pope himself