President Michael D Higgins said   ‘as a nation we remain very conscious of the enormous debt of gratitude we owe to those who have left these shores over so many years, often reluctantly’. Photograph:  Colin Keegan/Collins

Michael D Higgins presents distinguished service awards for Irish abroad at the Áras

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Inconsistencies revealed in support for those alleging clerical child sex abuse

Archbishop Richard Clarke:“there is hopelessness in our land that we must also challenge in the name of Jesus Christ.” Photograph: Dave Meehan

‘People want to see hope, they want to believe’

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 Cardinals and bishops attend the Mass for the closing of Extraordinary Synod held by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Square  in the Vatican City. Photograph:  Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Concluding Relatio Synodi document is part of a longer, three-year journey

Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle Fr Gabriel Rosbotham arrives at Donegal Town Courthouse. Photograph: Jason McGarrigle

Fr Gabriel Rosbotham took Hugh Crawford to court over Co Donegal house they shared

Brian Sheehan of the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network: hopes  synod’s final document “would reflect the reality” of gay people’s experience of tolerance on the part of most people in Ireland. Photograph: Eric Luke/Irish Times

Glen hopes today’s final document will ‘reflect the reality’

‘The overall mood of the synod to date has been marked by a real dialogue among the bishops in an atmosphere that has been as frank and respectful as requested by Pope Francis at its opening.’ Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Opinion: Nothing suggests Pope Francis will attempt to change church teaching. What he may do is alter practices

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