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St Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland's national seminary (Photo: PA)

New candidates bring the total number at Maynooth to 70

Pope Benedict leads the Corpus Christi procession in Rome (AP)

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Benedict XVI greets Cardinal Donald Wuerl yesterday (CNS)

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Bishops pictured outside St Patrick's College, Maynooth, at an extraordinary general meeting last year (Julien Behal/PA Wire)

All the same, the story is all too symbolic of Irish life today

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is leading the visitation of Ireland's seminaries (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)

Mgr Hugh Connolly says reports alleging that the seminary may close are ‘without foundation’