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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

Pope meets victims of sex abuse in London

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 Pope met the victims of clerical child abuse at the apostolic nunciature in Wimbledon (Photo: PA)

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’