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The charity Life has defended its ethics following criticism of its non-directive counselling from a Catholic academic

Benedict XVI meets Ireland's bishops in 2010 (CNS photo/L' Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Fr Vincent Twomey, a former student of Pope Benedict XVI, says Irish Church has been ‘without any leadership’ for 15 years

Archbishop Chaput at the press conference yesterday (CNS photo/Tim Shaffer, Reuters)

Archbishop Charles Chaput, who is regarded as orthodox and outspoken, is appointed to one of America’s biggest dioceses

Enda Kenny, Ireland's prime minister, has said that canon law should not supersede state law (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

Under new legislation priests would be punished with up to five years in prison if they did not pass on details of abuse heard in Confession

Priests of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Friends of the Ordinariate launched to help raise funds for its priests

Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza is received as papal nuncio to Ireland in 2008 (CNS photo/John McElroy courtesy of Irish Catholic)

Minister summons papal nuncio to a meeting following a report into the mishandling of child abuse allegations

Bishop John Magee meets Pope Benedict XVI in 2007 (CNS photo)

Report also says that Bishop John Magee of Cloyne, who resigned last year, admitted to ‘inappropriate behaviour’ with a young man

Bishop Evans persevered in service as a bishop even in the later stages of his cancer                                                          (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Bishop Evans has died of prostate cancer at the age of 59

Harry Potter, played by Daniel Radcliffe, calls on Voldemort to mend his ways, repent for what he has done and recognise the primacy of love over everything

Reviews in the L’Osservatore Romano say the film champions friendship and sacrifice

Independence day celebrations in Juba (CNS photo/Thomas Mukoya, Reuters)

But the country’s bishops say there are ‘immense challenges’ ahead