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Dame Judi Dench with Philomena Lee at a gala screening of Philomena last year (PA)

Pope shouldn’t be used as part of a ‘marketing strategy,’ says Fr Lombardi

Pope Francis (PA)

The Irish Catholics who protested against the closure are also worthy of praise

Ireland's Vatican embassy was closed two years ago (AP)

Ireland to re-open Vatican embassy

Reopening will allow ‘Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis,’ says government

Mater Hospital in Dublin (Haydn West/PA Wire)

Father Kevin Doran reveals why he quit the board of the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Father Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Fr Murphy-O’Connor passes away in Jerusalem at the age of 78

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital in Dublin (PA)

Sr Eugene Nolan’s comments follow resignation of Fr Kevin Doran

'The new law states that an abortion can be carried out in the Republic of Ireland throughout the nine months of pregnancy where the life of the mother is at risk' (Photo: PA)

Dublin’s Mater Misericordiae Hospital seems to have accepted the change in the law that could pave the way for abortion on demand

Primate of all Ireland Cardinal Brady will lead the Consecration ceremony  (PA)

Today’s Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady will poke the consciences of practising Catholics

A pro-life vigil in Dublin last year. Ireland still has a strong Catholic identity

How Catholic is Ireland today?

Enda Kenny’s abortion law will put Catholic institutions on a collison course with the state

Irish president Michael D Higgins (Photo: PA)

President Michael D Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill after tense parliamentary debates