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From TheJournal.ie Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II Vatican Ii

Pope marks 50th anniversary of Vatican II

Homily at Mass in St Peter’s Square recalls the changes in Church in 1962 – and Benedict urges the faithful to return to the “letter”.

From TheJournal.ie US Congressman: evolution is a lie "straight from the pit of hell" Science This post contains videos

US Congressman: evolution is a lie "straight from the pit of hell"

Republican politician Paul Broun from Georgia, who sits on the US government’s science committee, said he believes the earth is les than 9,000 years old.

From TheJournal.ie Hundreds gather for church service for missing April Jones April Jones This post contains images

Hundreds gather for church service for missing April Jones

The search for the missing five-year-old is ongoing as hope of finding her alive fades.

From TheJournal.ie A life unlived: 35 years of slavery in a Magdalene Laundry Heartbreaking

A life unlived: 35 years of slavery in a Magdalene Laundry

One woman tells the story of her mother who was sent to a Laundry in Dublin at the age of 16 – and died there at the age of 51.

From TheJournal.ie 15 people still being held over Alan Ryan funeral Alan Ryan

15 people still being held over Alan Ryan funeral

Gardaí have released two men from custody after the major search operation yesterday which saw seventeen people arrested.

From TheJournal.ie Diocese of Clonfert: "No written procedures for management of allegations" Child Protection This post contains images

Diocese of Clonfert: "No written procedures for management of allegations"

Summary of the main findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland into Clonfert diocese.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Ireland needs to become a fully secular state Opinion

Column: Ireland needs to become a fully secular state

Everyone is free to practice their religion – but that shouldn’t have anything to do with how we run the country, argue Nathan Wheeler and Sean Cassidy.

From TheJournal.ie Group of young priests band together to buy a church in Limerick Church

Group of young priests band together to buy a church in Limerick

The Church of the Sacred Heart Crescent in Limerick had lain empty for six years after a developer bought and – subsequently -abandoned it.

From TheJournal.ie Maeve's talent, generosity and personality remembered as Dalkey says goodbye to its 'first citizen' Remembering Maeve This post contains images

Maeve's talent, generosity and personality remembered as Dalkey says goodbye to its 'first citizen'

The funeral mass for beloved Irish author Maeve Binchy was held at the Church of the Assumption in Dalkey, Co. Dublin this morning.

From TheJournal.ie Explainer: Why are there bibles in hotel rooms? Bibles This post contains a poll

Explainer: Why are there bibles in hotel rooms?

You might not read it… but we bet you always check to see if it’s there.

From TheJournal.ie Vatican number two: Many journalists try to imitate Dan Brown Vatileaks

Vatican number two: Many journalists try to imitate Dan Brown

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone has taken issue with the media’s coverage of the ongoing Vatileaks scandal drawing comparisons with the controversial fiction author Dan Brown.

From TheJournal.ie Priests attack cardinal's report on 'gay-friendly' college Catholic Church

Priests attack cardinal's report on 'gay-friendly' college

A group of Irish priests have labelled the investigation “prurient” and “incompetent”, and said it may have been motivated by homophobia.

From TheJournal.ie Cardinal Brady expresses 'deep shame' over Church abuse Child Abuse

Cardinal Brady expresses 'deep shame' over Church abuse

However, he stopped short of offering a specific apology for his own actions in the investigation of child abuse.

From TheJournal.ie Pilgrim ponchos and altar wine: The Eucharistic Congress in numbers IEC 2012

Pilgrim ponchos and altar wine: The Eucharistic Congress in numbers

With 20,000 of the faithful attending, the Catholic celebration begins officially today.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Will you be following the Eucharistic Congress? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Will you be following the Eucharistic Congress?

Tens of thousands will attend the events, which will also be screened on TV. Will you be following them?

From TheJournal.ie Eucharistic Congress abandons plans to screen Euro 2012 games for pilgrims IEC 2012

Eucharistic Congress abandons plans to screen Euro 2012 games for pilgrims

Bad news for faithful Ireland fans as thousands descend on Dublin for the landmark Catholic event.

From TheJournal.ie PSNI says abuse allegations in BBC programme did not happen in North Catholic Church

PSNI says abuse allegations in BBC programme did not happen in North

BBC’s This World programme alleged that Cardinal Sean Brady had failed to protect children from abuse.

From TheJournal.ie Brendan Boland: My healing won't begin until Brady resigns Brendan Boland

Brendan Boland: My healing won't begin until Brady resigns

But the clerical abuse survivor welcomed yesterday’s public apology from the Primate of All Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Being held to accountability is not persecution, Cardinal Brady Opinion

Column: Being held to accountability is not persecution, Cardinal Brady

One’s civic duties are not the same as one’s self-imposed religious obligations, writes TheJournal.ie columnist Lisa McInerney – nor are they superseded by them.

From TheJournal.ie Poll indicates three-quarters of parents want change in primary school patronage Education

Poll indicates three-quarters of parents want change in primary school patronage

The poll results also show that many parents still want religious education in schools.

From TheJournal.ie Priest who 'inadvertently' showed porn images to parents requests leave of absence Priest

Priest who 'inadvertently' showed porn images to parents requests leave of absence

Fr Martin McVeigh has requested a leave of absence after inappropriate images were shown to parents of a First Communion class.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Are we as a Catholic Church not mature enough to listen to others? Opinion

Column: Are we as a Catholic Church not mature enough to listen to others?

The Vatican is investigating Fr Tony Flannery over his liberal views. But censorship is not a Christian solution, writes Fr Jimmy McPhillips.

From The42 Easter with Tebow? Thousands turn out to hear NFL star speak at church Tebow Time

Easter with Tebow? Thousands turn out to hear NFL star speak at church

NY Jets quarterback was speaking at Celebration Church near Austin, Texas this morning.

From TheJournal.ie POLL: Do the Good Friday licensing laws bother you? Your Say This post contains a poll

POLL: Do the Good Friday licensing laws bother you?

Whatever your take on whether the licensing laws for today should be changed – do the restrictions actually put in or out on your life? Tell us…

From TheJournal.ie Irish Catholic bishops "make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness" Apostolic Visitation

Irish Catholic bishops "make heartfelt pleas for forgiveness"

Statement from Irish bishops ‘welcomes’ findings of ‘pastoral’ Apostolic Visitation which was sent to Ireland from the Vatican – but Cardinal Brady says it doesn’t “supersede” the Church’s policy.

From TheJournal.ie Pat Rabbitte criticises descent of media into "corrosive cynicism" Media Standards

Pat Rabbitte criticises descent of media into "corrosive cynicism"

The Minister for Communications was leading statements on media standards in the Seanad – and hearing concerns from senators about the future of the media in Ireland.

From TheJournal.ie 'Valuable' tabernacle stolen from Dublin church Taber-nick-le

'Valuable' tabernacle stolen from Dublin church

Gardaí are appealing for information after the tabernacle was stolen from a Catholic church in Killester yesterday afternoon.

From TheJournal.ie In pictures: Extensive fire damage at Dublin church Fire This post contains images

In pictures: Extensive fire damage at Dublin church

Photographs today show the full extent of the damage to St Catherine’s Church on Dublin’s Meath Street, which was devastated by a deliberately-started fire on Monday.

From TheJournal.ie Bishop arrested during Occupy New York protest Occupy Ny This post contains images

Bishop arrested during Occupy New York protest

Retired Episcopal Bishop George Packard was arrested at an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York – after he scaled a fence to access church property.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic priests group accuses RTÉ of insincerity over Fr Reynolds apology Catholic Church

Catholic priests group accuses RTÉ of insincerity over Fr Reynolds apology

The Association of Catholic Priests has accused sections of the media of “anti-Catholic and anti-priest bias”.

From TheJournal.ie Column: We know the horrific details of clerical abuse - but do we understand why it flourished? Column

Column: We know the horrific details of clerical abuse - but do we understand why it flourished?

Amnesty International Ireland director Colm O’Gorman explains the responsibility we all have to create a society where abuse can’t exist on an industrial scale, as detailed in the ‘In Plain Sight’ report.

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Saturday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Saturday

Nine things you should know this morning…

Irish weddings - traditional is trendy

The vast majority of Irish people want to get married in a church, and at home – that’s according to a new survey.

From TheJournal.ie Dublin Catholics could face church levy as Archdiocese faces 'financial collapse' Catholic Church

Dublin Catholics could face church levy as Archdiocese faces 'financial collapse'

Documents leaked to the Irish Catholic newspaper claim that the Church in the capital is in a precarious financial state.

From TheJournal.ie Catholic newspaper applauds Taoiseach's Vatican speech Cloyne

Catholic newspaper applauds Taoiseach's Vatican speech

The Irish Catholic said in its editorial that the Taoiseach’s speech “captured the anger of a generation”.

From TheJournal.ie Take 5: Monday Take 5

Take 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should priests be exempted from mandatory crime reporting? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should priests be exempted from mandatory crime reporting?

The government is to make it a crime for priests not to report a crime if it’s confessed to them. What do you think?

From TheJournal.ie New row between Church and State over ‘privileged’ confessions Confession

New row between Church and State over ‘privileged’ confessions

Frances Fitzgerald says the ‘privilege’ of confession will not exempt a priest from new duties reporting child abuse.

From TheJournal.ie Priest apologises to victim for abuse Clerical Abuse

Priest apologises to victim for abuse

Paul McGennis has said he’s sorry for the ‘stress and torture’ he caused. He began abusing his victim in the eighties, when she was 10 years old.

Column: Cardinal Rules - On helping the Pope to tweet

This week, the (not) Primate of All-Ireland is drafted in to help his Holiness to get to grips with Twitter. “He receives a tweet from the Dalai Lama. ‘Dude,’ it says. We just ignore it.”