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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

The faithful wave as the Pope arrives for the Angelus at Castel Gandolfo yesterday (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

Next year’s event in Dublin will attract many leading Catholic figures

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

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Archbishop Martin says Irish-American sentimentalism is incomprehensible: but it’s dangerous too

It hasn’t just been about singing ‘Danny Boy’: in Ulster it’s meant death and destruction

Catechumens pictured at St Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai (CNS photo)

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Egyptian Christian Romani Girgis sells Coptic religious goods in his shop in Alexandria (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 09/03/11

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Pope Benedict XVI looks at a gift of a gold and ivory thurible, given to him by Lebanese president Michel Suleiman yesterday (AP Photo/Danilo Schiavella, pool)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 25/02/11

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Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful during the Angelus yesterday (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 21/02/11

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A photograph of Marcial Maciel hangs in a Legion-affiliated building in Monterrey, Mexico (AP Photo/Monica Rueda)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 14/12/10

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