Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the Archbishop’s House in Drumcondra, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O Brien/The Irish Times.

The most influential Catholic prelate in Ireland Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is 15 years Archbishop of Dublin this month. He is 20 years a bishop and w(...)

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Pope Francis called for an attitude of ‘wound healing’. Photograph: Luca Zennaro

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Pope Francis: ‘We have to find a new balance, otherwise even the moral edifice of the church is likely to fall like a house of cards, losing the freshness and fragrance of the Gospel.’ Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

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