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The Papal Cross in Phoenix Park, Dublin: Mass attendance stands at around 18 per cent (PA)
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The economic crisis, corruption and political dysfunction have left the Irish longing for a vision of society that has more to it than property prices. Is the Church up to the challenge?

A statue of Brendan of Clonfert

The saint who sailed off on a quest for ‘the Land of Promise’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin (CNS)

A referendum on same-sex marriage is being held in Ireland on May 22

Sisters in the congregation she founded were the first to visit prisoners in Dublin's Kilmainham jail

The Sister who gave up privilege to walk with the downtrodden can counter Irish prejudice against nuns today

Pope Francis (CNS)

Thanks to his unassuming personality and popularity, the Pontiff has a golden opportunity to change hearts and minds with a papal visit

Crowds at New York's St Patrick's Day parade (CNS)

How did St Patrick’s Day become such a successful ‘brand’?

'The first reading at Mass of St Patrick, from Jeremiah, gives us a wonderful image of God touching the mouth of the prophet so that he will speak not his own words, but God’s'

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Archbishop Martin of Dublin, centre (Photo: CNS)

Archbishop says he is ‘seriously concerned’ by the slow way religious congregations have responded

A stained glass window depicting St Brigid

Saint of the week: St Brigid (February 1)

St Brigid’s feast day was once a major date in the Irish social calendar

Ireland's Prime Minister Enda Kenny (PA)

The offence of blasphemy was first introduced in Ireland in 1937