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# Religion
Explainer: Why is Ireland being consecrated to 'the Immaculate Heart of Mary'?
The people of Ireland were today consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of the Virgin Mary. What does that mean, exactly?
# big poppa
Pope Francis heads to Brazil to say mass on Copacabana beach
This is his first trip abroad since becoming pontiff.
# Vatican
Pope Francis quips: 'I didn't really want this job'
“Someone who wants to be pope does not really like themselves.”
# pope francis
VIDEO: Has Pope Francis been seen performing an exorcism?
Video from an event last Friday shows the pontiff laying his hands on a young man who convulses and then slumps over.
# Abortion
Bishops call for political campaign against proposed new abortion law
Ireland’s Catholic bishops say the proposed abortion bill marks a “dramatic and morally unacceptable change” in Irish law.
# Badvertising
Business magazine compares Angela Merkel to Hitler in ad
Mercado magazine invites viewers to visualise Merkel as the Greeks, Spanish and Germans might see her.
# 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.
Lisa McInerney: How can you be a woman and Catholic?
This question is not born out of contempt, says columnist, but is out of genuine bewilderment when you consider the status of women in Catholic doctrine.
# 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.
# 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?
# Magdalenes
Magdalene survivors "shocked and upset" by nun interview defending laundries
In an interview aired last night, two anonymous nuns defended the Magdalene laundries and said religious orders had no need to apologise.
# Catholic Church
Catholic cardinal admits 'sexual conduct fell below standards'
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned as Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric last week, has now admitted the allegations that were made against them having initially denied them.
# Catholic Church
Pope Benedict will remain in 'spiritual proximity' after his resignation
Speaking ahead of his resignation next week, Pope Benedict XVI said that God’s beauty was “constantly contradicted by the evil of this world, by suffering and by corruption.”
# 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.
# sacred heart
Vatican admits Pope had secret heart operation three months ago
The Vatican said the operation had nothing to do with the Pope’s decision to resign.
# Magdalenes
Taoiseach and Tánaiste to meet with Magdalene survivors
Eamon Gilmore said the government is eager to listen to the women about their needs and about what its response to the report should be.
# Magdalenes
Magdalenes ask Enda Kenny to meet with them
Magdalene Survivors Together said they were left “devastated” after the Taoiseach stopped short of apologising to them on behalf of the State.
# 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
'Liberal' priest will defy Vatican attempts to 'silence' him
Fr Tony Flannery has come under pressure from the Vatican to recant his views on women becoming priests and the system of selecting bishops being overhauled.
# Not the News
Here is the week's news... skewed
Breaking via The Mire wire: Government apologises to Angela Merkel for Mayan apocalypse insult and the IMF’s seasonal message of good will to all. No, really.
# Vatican
Gay rights activists protest at Pope's Sunday morning prayer
Demonstrators held placards condemning homophobia after Pope Benedict said same-sex unions “destabilise marriage”.
# Birth Control
Bishops say new bill is moving Philippines towards legal abortion
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines allege the Reproductive Health Bill promotes pre-marital sex and threatens the “moral fibre” of the country.
# Northern Ireland
NI census: Catholic population growing as Protestant numbers decline
Northern Irish figures show for the first time that the question of national identity cannot be directly related to religion.
# Icon
Man throws paint at ancient Catholic icon of Virgin Mary
Some believe the Black Madonna of Czestochowa, an ancient Polish icon of the Virgin Mary, can work miracles.
# Abuse
German Catholic Church says 66 clergy accused of sex abuse
A new study says the clergy has been accused of 576 cases of sexual assault between 2000 and 2010.
# 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.
# 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.
# History
How holy ‘apparitions’ pressed pause on War of Independence
Visitations of the Virgin Mary to a teenage boy and ‘bleeding’ statues in Templemore, Co Tipperary seized the country – even causing Michael Collins to get involved in the mysterious case.
# Vatican
Surprise cardinal appointments spark pope health concerns
Pope Benedict XVI today announced the unexpected appointment of six cardinals from outside Europe.
# Lourdes
Hundreds of pilgrims evacuated after flooding hits Lourdes
About 50 Irish pilgrims are thought to be among 500 faithful who are being evacuated from hotels.
# Religion
Catholic bishops were shown this alarmist video in the Vatican today
A synod of bishops meeting in Rome was shown a YouTube ‘Muslim Demographics’ video which predicts an Islamic continent by 2050.
# 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.
# First Communion
Archdiocese of Dublin proposes radical shake-up of First Communion ceremonies
The new policy document is geared at making the First Communion a more parish-oriented – and cheaper – event.