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Claim that Mary MacKillop was excommunicated for speaking out against an abusive priest is an invention, says Fr Gardiner

It is fatally easy to assume that priests accused of sex abuse are guilty until proven otherwise

Ireland’s four most senior prelates to meet Apostolic Visitors appointed to address the clerical abuse crisis

Martin McGuinness, Northern Ireland deputy first minister, says he has ‘grounds’ to believe a visit may happen

We owe him our deepest gratitude. His visit was as great a success as that of John Paul II in 1982

Papal Visit 2010: third day’s briefing

A summary of the big stories from the third day of the Papal Visit

As on other trips, on this journey to the United Kingdom Benedict XVI met with victims of acts of sexual abuse committed by priests

The meeting lasted 30 to 40 minutes, longer than the Pope gave to the Prime Minister

Pope: ‘I express my deep sorrow to the innocent victims of these unspeakable crimes’

Full text of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily at the Westminster Cathedral Mass