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A pilgrim ascends Croagh Patrick in Co Mayo (Photo: PA)

Irishman avoids prison by making pilgrimage

Man convicted of drunken behaviour and verbally abusing a police officer climbed Ireland’s holiest mountain instead of going to prison

Pope Benedict XVI greets young people gathered outside Westminster Cathedral (Photo: PA)

DVD issued by the bishops’ conference will include footage of all Pope Benedict’s speeches

Security forces and locals gather at a scene of a bomb blast in Baghdad this morning (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

At least three people have been killed and two dozen injured in yet another terrorist attack on Iraq’s Christians

A crucifix used by American priest Fr Gary Thomas in performing an exorcism (CNS photo/Don Feria)

Bishops sponsor two-day conference in attempt to combat shortage of trained exorcists

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona (Photo: CNS)

In his homily Pope Benedict XVI said Catholics must promote the family and resist every attack on human life

Cardinals to discuss Church reactions to sexual abuse and the Ordinariate

Cardinals taking part in the November 20 consistory will discuss the abuse crisis, Ordinariates and religious freedom

Rt Rev Andrew Burnham, Bishop of Ebbsfleet, right, pictured with the late Rev Raymond Bristow and Rector Neil Hibbins in 2007 (Photo: PA)

Five Anglo-Catholic bishops resign

Five Anglo-Catholic bishops resign with the intention of joining the Ordinariate when it is established in Britain

Sister Virginia Muller, treasurer for the Atlantic-Midwest province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, displays a photocopy of a T206 Honus Wagner baseball card (Photo: CNS)

Card of baseball star Honus Wagner, the ‘Flying Dutchman’, was bequeathed to the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Baltimore

People follow the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI seen on the large live screen at the La Monumental bullring in Barcelona (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)

Benedict XVI says new basilica is a ‘visible sign of the invisible God’

Spanish Crown Prince Felipe recieves Holy Communion during the papal Mass in Santiago de Compostela, northern Spain (AP Photo/Victor R Caivano)

Benedict XVI says Europe must open itself to God