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Pope Francis talks with Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny and his wife Fionnuala (AP)

A Papal visit to Ireland will see the Pontiff enter into a a complex political situation

Pope Francis speaking in St Peter's Square on Sunday (AP)

Francis spoke in St Peter’s Square on the First Sunday of Advent

Francois Fillon puts his hand on his hear after delivering a speech following the conservative presidential primary (AP)

Catholic politician has promised to defend ‘French values’ if he is elected

An urn containing cremated remains (CNS)

Why I’ve chosen to be cremated

It is a great comfort to know my earthly remains will rest under a copy of the Holy Shroud

Pope Francis will say Mass in Sweden on November 1 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Pope Francis will extend his trip and celebrate Mass for Sweden’s Catholics

Take a look inside this week's magazine

Take a look inside this week’s Catholic Herald

Pope Francis with the Metropolitan Methodios of Boston during a private audience at the Vatican (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool photo via AP)

Pope Francis has addressed a delegation from the Orthodox Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople

Palestinians mourn the death of Iyad Omar Ssjadiyya during his funeral at a refugee camp in Qalandia, West Bank, March 1. (CNS photo/Atef Safadi, EPA)

The Commission of Justice and Peace of the Assembly of the Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land released a statement yesterday

Sister Joyce Schramm, a Sister of the Most Precious Blood, works with Holy Trinity Catholic School kindergarten student Rocio Reyes in St Ann, (CNS photo/Sid Hastings, St. Louis Review)

Of the total 12.4 million Hispanic students, about 8 million are Catholic

Penitent receives absolution during Confession (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

We must have a dialogue with our conscience and remember to rely on God’s grace