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Former president of Ireland Dr Mary McAleese (PA)

The former president of Ireland will teach Irish Studies

Syrian refugees rest while cooking a meal at an informal settlement in Lebanon (CNS)

If opposing factions fight themselves to a standstill in Syria a power-sharing deal might be the result

The Rev Ian Paisley holds up a sign denouncing St John Paul II during his 1998 speech to the European Parliament in Strasbourg (CNS)

Rev Ian Paisley was buried after a private family funeral on Monday

Cardinal Seán Brady (CNS)

The cardinal will be replaced by Archbishop Eamon Martin who has served as coadjutor since early 2013

Pope Francis waves during yesterday's Angelus address (AP)

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Nicolas Maduro meets Church leaders in this 2013 file photograph (AP)

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Jimmy Carter wrote to Francis about women's status in the Church (AP)

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Fr Alec Reid wins the Tipperary Person of the Year award in 2006 (PA)

Fr Alec Reid was a secret go-between in the 1980s and hailed as ‘chaplain of the peace process’

Jim Carrey – has had enough of screen violence (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, file)

Television and film violence has become too graphic, too pornographic and too boring

Pilgrims pray around a statue of Mary in Medjugorje (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

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