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John Cooney

Published 05/04/2010 | 05:00

Cardinal Sean Brady greets Sharon Watters and her daughter Jessica, who receives a blessing, after Easter Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh
Cardinal Sean Brady greets Sharon Watters and her daughter Jessica, who receives a blessing, after Easter Sunday Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh

EASTER Sunday, the annual celebration among Christians around the world of the rising of Jesus, was Cardinal Sean Brady's self-proclaimed R-Day -- resurrection day -- in St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh.

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Without announcing a formal decision to stay in office, the 70-year-old 'lame-duck' Primate of All Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh made it clear the battering to his reputation did not warrant resignation.

For weeks the cardinal has grappled with his conscience amid calls for him to step down from the throne of St Patrick over his admission of his part in a cover-up 35 years ago of paedophile monk Brendan Smyth.

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