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Brendan Gleeson Below: The trailer for Calvary

The Irish actor talks about Calvary, his own Catholic boyhood and his late-blooming career

Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese (PA)

The former president of Ireland will teach Irish Studies

Bishop Kevin Doran and Bishop Liam MacDaid (Photo: Brenda Drumm CCO)

Irish bishops issue booklet on marriage ahead of referendum in six months’ time

A statue of St Finnian

Saint of the week: St Finnian

The saint who built the abbey at Clonard

The second Sunday of Advent is this weekend (PA)

Almost 400,000 images of parish registers are being made available by the Irish Church and the National Library of Ireland

Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich knocks on the doors of Holy Name Cathedral (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/11/14

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

The Rev Ian Paisley holds up a sign denouncing St John Paul II during his 1998 speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg (CNS)

Rev Ian Paisley was buried after a private family funeral on Monday

Cardinal Seán Brady (CNS)

The cardinal will be replaced by Archbishop Eamon Martin who has served as coadjutor since early 2013

Members of the New York City Police Department march past protesters at the St Patrick's Day parade in March (AP)

Cardinal Timothy Dolan supports New York’s St Patrick’s Day committee ahead of next year’s parade