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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?

Polling stations open at 7am tomorrow (PA)

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

Nuns sing during a prayer service for men and women religious in New York (CNS)

The Vatican is now insisting that the LCWR act in a Catholic manner. What could be simpler?

The cast of Father Ted

Twenty years after it first aired, the clerical sitcom remains one of Britain’s best-loved TV shows – yet Catholics remain split over how relentlessly it pokes fun at the Church

A statue of the Virgin Mary (CNS)

Bishops say Marian emails and texts circulated in Ivory Coast may disturb public order

People gather in Kiev to remember those killed in Ukrainian protests in 2014 (CNS)

$400,000 is being provided to relief programmes sponsored by the Catholic Church in Ukraine

Mgr Charles Scicluna, the newly appointed Archbishop of Malta (CNS)

The appointment of Mgr Charles Scicluna as the new Archbishop of Malta is very good news for the Maltese Islands

Archbishop Cushley meeting inhabitants of Chipolomba village including Mary Jackson, in the yellow jumper

The Catholic definition of charity

The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund is helping farmers in Malawi

Brighton College National Education Conference

The Professor shows himself the master of the soundbite when he describes British values as ‘queuing, drunkenness and loving pets’

A car drives past the residence of Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst and the Catholic cathedral in Limburg (CNS)

Why the German Church is rich and arrogant

Billions of euros pour into the German hierarchy’s coffers every year thanks to the church tax. Hardly anyone goes to Mass, but it means the bishops can bully Rome