Church attendance in Ireland has been dropping precipitously, and the number of priests being ordained from the country’s only Catholic seminary is at an all time low. “The young people, the under 40’s, have largely deserted the church in Ireland now,” says Rev. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests. More
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It was a week of prayers and pleas for peace and gestures of reconciliation to all sides in the Holy Land.
Visit our interactive map for a closer look at some of the places Pope Benedict XVI is visiting in Jerusalem during his pilgrimage to the Middle East.