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Archbishops Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia processes with fellow bishops outside the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark (CNS)

It is worth remembering that the American Church predates our own restored English hierarchy by some 70 years

Yes supporters pictured at Dublin Castle on Saturday (PA)

Secularism has filled the vacuum left by the decline of Irish Catholicism

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS)

The Archbishop of Dublin says Church faces huge task in communicating its message to young people

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