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Some respected campaigners even regarded it as a civil right

A pilgrim prays at the tomb of Blessed Mary MacKillop in Sydney (Photo: CNS)

Sisters of St Joseph, the order co-founded by Blessed Mary MacKillop, respond to claims made in controversial documentary

The claim, by Bavarian author Peter Seewald, is based on a series of interviews with the Pontiff earlier this year

High-level officials meet in Rome to prepare Apostolic Visitation

Blessed Mary MacKillop is pictured in an undated, colourised handout photo from the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart (Photo: CNS)

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

Procedures to deal with allegations of child abuse were tightened up in 2001 following a report by the late Lord Nolan, pictured (Photo: PA)

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

Cardinal Seán Brady and four Irish bishops at a press conference in Rome (Photo: CNS)

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

Martin McGuinness, right, with First Minister Peter Robinson and Taoiseach Brian Cowen (Photo: PA)

Pope ‘could visit Ireland in 2012′

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

Pope Benedict was an example to priests in showing how the Mass can be gloriously celebrated (PA: Photo)

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

Papal Visit 2010: third day’s briefing

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