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The Papal Cross in Phoenix Park, Dublin: Mass attendance stands at around 18 per cent (PA)

The economic crisis, corruption and political dysfunction have left the Irish longing for a vision of society that has more to it than property prices. Is the Church up to the challenge?

Volunteers count votes at  count at a Sheffield constituency in 2010 (PA)

Defeat in the general election can be the start of something positive for politicians

The bishop baptises a child in a church attacked by militants three years ago (AP)

Don’t be fooled by appearances: the meek-looking Bishop Alessandro has the heart of a lion and is putting his life on the line in northern Kenya

Polling stations open at 7am tomorrow (PA)

Not turning up to vote displays a lack of charity towards fellow citizens

Antoni Gaudi's Sagrada Familia church, in Barcelona, Spain (PA)

Antoni Gaudi’s work reminds us that God’s grace works in multiple ways

Loving nature means loving God (CNS)

A proper love of Creation is firmly rooted in the Bible

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge introduce the newborn Princess to the world (Daniel Leal-Olivas/PA)

Mary would be the very best name of all for the new arrival

Dawn Eden (Photo: Ron Santini)

Dawn Eden, author of The Thrill of the Chaste, says chastity is not abstinence, but a virtue that can help us all love more fully

Archbishop Justin Welby of Canterbury blesses Pope Francis during a private meeting at the Vatican last year  (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Luther’s criticism of Aristotle does not seem important today. Nor will today’s political fads in the future

Catholics at a rally for religious freedom in the US (CNS)

Facing hostility from secularists at home and violence from Islamists abroad, the faithful should stop pursuing lost social causes and focus instead on defending religious freedom