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Topic: 50th International Eucharistic Congress

The Congress has prepared Ireland for a possible papal visit

It has shown we Irish Catholics can put aside our bitterness about abuse and rejoice in what unites all the world’s faithful

The Eucharistic Congress is promoting the awareness that Irish Catholics are not the only ones that suffer in the world

Amazing stories of forgiveness and cheerfulness in the face of heartbreaking loss is making us appreciate our lot in life

Only a proper understanding of the priesthood will renew the Irish Church

Ireland has seen two nasty extremes: fawning over and hatred of priests. The solution lies in rediscovering what the priesthood is about

In Dublin young families are inspired by august intellectuals who don’t mince their words

Parents hear talks by David Quinn on the crisis of the family and John Waters on finding religion (and learning to pray on his knees)

The Congress is flying in the face of modern Irish culture – and is all the better for it

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too

Irish Church is on the path to renewal, Church leaders tell pilgrims

Archbishop Martin welcomes more than 12,000 pilgrims from 120 countries

Pilgrims who have come to Dublin are already re-invigorating Ireland’s faithful

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress offers us Irish Catholics the chance to re-root our faith

Benedict XVI blesses Eucharistic Congress bell

Pope blesses and rings a small brass bell that has been on tour across Ireland for nearly a year

‘Ireland Stand Up’ is leading a powerful grassroots campaign to reverse the closure of Ireland’s embassy to the Holy See: the politicians will now retreat

And Benedict XVI will once more weave his magic at a great papal Mass

Pope ‘may still visit Ireland next year’ despite diplomatic tensions

Delegate of Eucharistic Congress says there are contingency plans in case Benedict XVI does visit