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A History of Loneliness is the story of a man  pushed into the priesthood by his over-devout mother (CNS)

John Boyne’s latest novel, A History of Loneliness, is driven by blunt ideology rather than subtle ideas

Paschal Uche (second left) welcomes Pope Benedict XVI, on behalf of Britain's young people, as the Pope sit on the steps of Westminster Cathedral, in central London, after celebrating Mass (Photo: PA)

Mr Uche has been accepted for seminary training by Bishop Thomas McMahon of Brentwood.

Pope Francis hugs a newly ordained priest (Photo: PA)

Pope prayed privately with the 10 men before ordaining them to the priesthood

In years to come priests may live in communities instead of on their own (Photo: Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Or are parishes more effective with one lone priest fully immersed in the life of his flock?

Fr Apostoli preaches at a Mass marking the end of preliminary research into the life of Archbishop Sheen (CNS)

As the heart of St John Vianney, patron of parish priests, visits England Mary O’Regan profiles 10 priests leading remarkable lives

Cardinal Ouellet, papal legate, leads a Eucharistic procession at the Congress (PA photo)

Ireland has seen two nasty extremes: fawning over and hatred of priests. The solution lies in rediscovering what the priesthood is about

Is good oratory absolutely crucial or is it low down on the list of sought after priestly qualities?