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The retired pope had hoped to stay in the papacy until 2014, according to Mgr Georg Gaenswein

Six Catholics were shot at the Loughinisland pub while watching a World Cup match in 1994

The Clericus Cup competition began on Saturday

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Ibn Khaldun offered a cogent explanation of why corruption thrives within close-knit societies

Here’s what the Pontiff has been missing since he gave up the googlebox in 1990

Luca Toni reportedly failed to pay church taxes while playing for Bayern Munich in Germany

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church