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Cardinal Brady described the columnist John Waters as a 'great man' (Photo: IEC2012)

Parents hear talks by David Quinn on the crisis of the family and John Waters on finding religion (and learning to pray on his knees)

Young people take part in a parade at the Congress's opening Mass (CNS photo)

The Irish Church is defying its own reputation, too

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin talks with choir members before the opening Mass (CNS photo)

Archbishop Martin welcomes more than 12,000 pilgrims from 120 countries

Altar servers lead the procession at the conclusion of the opening Mass (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

The 50th International Eucharistic Congress offers us Irish Catholics the chance to re-root our faith

Cardinal Seán Brady at a press conference about the report yesterday (PA photo)

Investigators say the Church has done an ‘excellent’ job in implementing stricter child protection guidelines

Cardinal Seán Brady at a press conference yesterday (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

The Church in Ireland has finally got to grips with child abuse. Now, as the Apostolic Visitation report makes clear, it faces a new, grave crisis

Enda Kenny has a word in the ear of his foreign minister, Eamon Gilmore, who announced the closure of the embassy last year (Niall Carson/PA Wire)
Fr Julian Green: 'The possibility is always there that the Pope might attend' (Photo: CNS)

Delegate of Eucharistic Congress says there are contingency plans in case Benedict XVI does visit

Eamon Gilmore, right, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny (Photo: PA)

Ireland to close embassy to Holy See

Ireland’s foreign minister says closure is for economic reasons and is not related to the Cloyne report row

Abuse survivors confront Archbishop Diarmuid Martin outside St Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin (Niall Carson/PA Wire)

There’s an obvious distinction between the governance of the Church and the essence of the faith