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# Italy
Controversial seven-time Italian premier Andreotti dies aged 94
Giulio Andreotti — nicknamed “The Untouchable” and “The Black Pope” — was a divisive figure in Italian politics, with close ties to the Vatican and rumoured mafia links.
# no pressure
Two kids from Cork to be confirmed by... Pope Francis
Emily Mulcahy and Edmond Roche (both 12) were chosen from the diocese of Cloyne to be confirmed by the Pope in St Peter’s Square.
# New Job
Pope Francis presides over his first Good Friday ceremony
The pope has attended the Passion of Christ in St Peter’s Basilica ahead of a torch-lit procession at the Colosseum later tonight.
Column: Not enough has been done to uphold the spirit of the Good Friday Agreement
It’s true Northern Ireland has come a long way over the last fifteen years, but we cannot afford to hang the ‘mission accomplished’ banner over the peace process, writes David McCann.
# Good Friday
Supermarket chain expects fish sales to double this week
SuperValu says its supermarkets will sell about €1 million in fish this week – more than double the usual – ahead of Good Friday.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you abstaining from meat this Good Friday?
Under Catholic tradition, many people abstain from alcohol and eating meat on Good Friday. Will you be among them?
# you told us
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the best, the most popular and the most commented on pieces from the past week. Did you make it in?
# Your Say
Poll: Are you optimistic about Pope Francis?
The new leader of the Roman Catholic church is a doctrinal conservative who believes strongly in social justice. How do you feel about Pope Francis?
# need to know
The Evening Fix… now with added missing engagement ring
Here are all the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# il papa
PHOTOS: Day 1 of the Vatican conclave to elect the next Pope
The 115 cardinals under 80 were locked into the Sistine Chapel this afternoon to begin the process of choosing the next leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
# Your Say
Poll: Should religious orders pay compensation for the Magdalene laundries?
The State has set up a compensation fund for survivors of the Magdalene laundries – but questions have been raised about whether the religious orders should pay up too.
# Catholic Church
Catholic priests should be able to marry: British cardinal
Roman Catholic priests should be able to marry and have children, Britain’s most senior cardinal has said.
# new boss
Benedict's closest confidant to hold dual role under new pope
Monsignor Georg Gaenswein, the pope’s personal secretary, will keep his old job but will also oversee the new pope’s household.
# Magdalenes
In their own words: Survivors' accounts of life inside a Magdalene Laundry
The report published today includes a section devoted to survivors’ first-hand accounts of life in a Laundry.
# Magdalenes
How Twitter reacted to the Magdalene Laundry report
From Enda Kenny’s non-apology to the record of previous governments, here’s what people on Twitter had to say about the Magdalene Laundry report.
# Catholic Church
Catholic Cardinal in LA removed from duties over abuse shielding
Cardinal Roger Mahony has been stripped of his administrative duties and court-ordered to release thousands of pages of confidential files on sexually abusive priests.
# unwanted gifts
Unwanted Christmas Gifts sought at Dublin's Pro Cathedral
Unwanted gifts will taken into storage by Crosscare, who will distribute them as gifts to people in their homeless and residential projects for Christmas 2013.
# Pat Finucane
Report on Pat Finucane murder uncovers "shocking levels" of state collusion
David Cameron said that the report found that Pat Finucane could still be alive today had it not been for state involvement.
# Northern Ireland
Report on Pat Finucane murder to be published today
The family of the murdered Belfast lawyer want a full public inquiry into the circumstances surrounding his death in 1989.
# Pat Finucane
Pat Finucane mural unveiled before de Silva report
The report into the human rights lawyer’s death will be published tomorrow.
# Complaint
Bishops claim Mario Rosenstock sketch is "grossly offensive"
The Catholic Communications Office said that a recent sketch “is grossly offensive to all Catholics” as it shows a man spitting into a bucket before receiving Holy Communion.
# France
Anti-gay marriage protesters rally in Paris
The rally was organised by conservative Catholic group Civitas and was marred by allegations of aggression towards women’s movement activists by some participants.
# doooooooom
Pope calls on faithful to ignore doomsday warnings for 21 December
Ding ding ding! It’s round one of Pope Benedict XVI versus the Mayan prophets of doom.
# savita
'Over 2,000' attend sit-down protest for Savita at Leinster House
Demonstrators sat on the ground during a moment of silence, while speakers argued for legislation on abortion.
# savita
Calls for X Case legislation after woman denied an abortion dies in Galway hospital
Savita Halappanavar died from septicaemia following a miscarriage which lasted almost three days. She repeatedly asked for the foetus to be removed but her requests were turned down.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you practise your religion?
Be it private prayer or formal services, do you practise your religion if you have one?
# Referendum
Catholic Bishops give cautious welcome to Referendum
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference said the amendment offers a ‘reasonable and balanced approach’ to children’s rights.
Column: The Troubles may have quietened, but the trauma lives on
Although the peace agreement came into effect in 1998, the pain didn’t stop for many, writes Richard Barklie.
# Vatican
Surprise cardinal appointments spark pope health concerns
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the unexpected appointment of six cardinals from outside Europe.
# Patronage
Parents asked who they want to educate their children
Surveys about local primary school patronage are being distributed in five areas today but Minister Quinn warned the process will be slow.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added ballerinas on the Grand Canal
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Religion
Number of Catholics at record high, despite lowest percentage ever - CSO
3.86 million people describe themselves as Catholic (84.2 per cent) while 277,237 people say that they have no religion.
# Abortion
Bishop criticises opening of Marie Stopes clinic offering abortion
Bishop of Down and Connor Noel Treanor said the clinic undermines the dignity of human life in society.
# need to know
The Evening Fix... now with added Tetris
Here are the things we learned, shared and loved today.
# Bishop John Kirby
Bishop denies claims he knew priest allegedly abused again
It had been reported that Bishop John Kirby had knowledge that a priest abused children after he was moved to a new parish following abuse allegations.
# vatileaks
Pope's butler gets 18 months in jail for stealing secret Vatican documents
The butler said he had “acted out of visceral love for the Church of Christ and of its leader on earth”.
# Safeguarding
Diocese of Limerick: 'Prompt referral of allegations to the statutory authorities'
Summary of the main findings of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland into Limerick diocese.
# Catholic Church
Archbishop suggests investigation into Magdalene Laundries
Diarmuid Martin has said that there were “questions still to be answered” in relation to the abuse scandal.