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The opening Mass of the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in 2012 (AP)

Bishop William Crean said Catholics must respond positively to hostility from politicians and the media

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (PA)

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Pope hopes to attend but his participation cannot be confirmed at this stage

Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lead an ecumenical Good Friday procession in Dublin (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy)

The trip would likely include the first ever papal visit to Northern Ireland

A drawing of Fr John Sullivan by Sean O'Sullivan. (Image: CNS, courtesy Irish Jesuit Communications)

The priest gained a reputation in his lifetime for the great efficacy of his prayers. This week he even helped me

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An infant rides atop a pickup truck during a St Patrick's Day Parade (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)

How to tell the story of St Patrick

Growing up in Ireland, we learnt in primary school that one of St Patrick’s stellar achievements was banishing the snakes from Ireland

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Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Primate of Ireland, celebrates Mass (PA)

The Irish bishops’ conference urged priests to buy the new altar edition for use in parishes

The Episcopal Ordination of Bishop Paul Tighe at St Peter's Basilica

Speaking at the end of Mass, Bishop Paul Tighe said he had been ‘called to service’ by his faith

Carmelite sisters leave a polling station in Ireland (AP)

The plea from Ireland’s four archbishops comes ahead of Friday’s general election