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Ireland adopts policy aimed at Catholic school admissions

Oct 5, 2018

A new law in the Republic of Ireland will prohibit primary schools from taking religion into account in admissions, a... Read more

Irish bishops call on government to address homelessness

Oct 3, 2018

The bishops of Ireland issued a letter Oct. 1 calling on the government of the Republic of Ireland to do... Read more

Irish health minister proposes abortion free-of-charge

Sep 24, 2018

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has announced that he intends to make it possible for women in the Republic of... Read more

Irish doctors question readiness to introduce legal abortion

Sep 20, 2018

Most physicians in the Republic of Ireland are unwilling to perform abortions despite the repeal of an amendment which legally... Read more

St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, Ireland.

Irish bishop: Papal visit a chance to recognize sin, work to repair the Church

Aug 16, 2018

The Pope’s visit to Ireland is a time for the Church to reflect on her past failings and consider how... Read more

A terrace in Dublin with posters from the May 2018 referendum campaign.

Irish bishop calls 'yes' voters on abortion referendum to come to confession

May 29, 2018

As the Republic of Ireland moved to legalize abortion over the weekend, one bishop has said that practicing Catholics who... Read more

In Ireland, unborn children's rights axed ahead of abortion repeal vote

Mar 9, 2018

In a decision that some critics are comparing to Roe v. Wade, the Irish Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that... Read more

Recent polls encourage Ireland's pro-life advocates

Feb 20, 2018

As the Republic of Ireland prepares to vote in a referendum that could liberalize the country’s abortion laws, a recent... Read more

Irish bishop calls for protection of the unborn ahead of abortion referendum

Feb 14, 2018

Human life “from its tiniest origins” must be protected, Bishop Brendan Kelly of Galway and Kilmacduagh said at his installation... Read more

Ireland's pubs will now be allowed to serve alcohol on Good Friday

Jan 26, 2018

Pubs in the Republic of Ireland will now be allowed to sell alcohol on Good Friday, after the lower house... Read more

Across Ireland, Catholics pray rosary to strengthen pro-life cause

Nov 28, 2017

Hundreds of groups of Catholics gathered across the island of Ireland on Sunday to pray the Rosary for the preservation... Read more

Irish bishops praise court ruling recognizing the dignity of work

Jun 6, 2017

Ireland's Catholic bishops have praised a Supreme Court decision in the country that will allow asylum seekers to find work... Read more

Facing large decline in priest numbers, an Irish diocese preps for change

Mar 29, 2017

In one Irish diocese, the number of active priests may halve in fewer than 15 years. As a result, Bishop... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a woman and her unborn child at a Jubilee Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 30, 2016.

Irish archbishop: seek a 'revolution of tenderness', not legal abortion

Oct 4, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

For Ireland’s leading archbishop, Pope Francis’ call for a “revolution of tenderness” is a ch  Read more

An all-Ireland pro-life rally in Dublin.

The UN ruled that Ireland's abortion ban violates human rights

Jun 13, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Pro-life groups in Ireland are charging that a United Nations human rights committee contradicted its mission when it ruled that... Read more

Newly married couples at St. Peter's Square awaiting to be blessed by Pope Francis, May 6, 2015.

Ahead of Ireland's marriage referendum, Dublin archbishop looks to Pope Francis

May 7, 2015

Both Pope Francis’ clear affirmation of marriage as a union of a man and a woman and his efforts to... Read more