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Irish health minister proposes abortion free-of-charge

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

The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland repeals Eighth Amendment, clearing path for legal abortion

The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provided legal protection for the unborn, was officially repealed Sept. 18. The... Read more

Irish Traveller community keeps faith despite hardships

Despite generations of poverty and prejudice from both the government and ordinary Irish citizens, the faith of the itinerant Irish... Read more

Pope Francis.

Updated: Pope meets with survivors of Irish mother and baby homes

In lieu of a traditional penitential act during Sunday’s Papal Mass at Phoenix Park, Pope Francis issued an apology to... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Ireland during the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

The truth frees us, pope tells Irish bishops

During his last stop in Dublin Sunday, Pope Francis met with the bishops of Ireland, telling them to take encouragement... Read more

The Knock Shrine. Public domain.

What is the Knock Shrine that Pope Francis will visit in Ireland?

On Sunday, August 26, Pope Francis will become the second pontiff to visit the Knock Shrine. During his visit, the... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Festival of Families at the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Be a 'beacon of joy,' Francis tells families in Ireland

Pope Francis encouraged attendees at an evening festival for the World Meeting of Families to radiate joy into the world... Read more

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin speaks at the Holy See press office, March 30, 2017.

Dublin archbishop sorrowed by clerical abuse

Amid clerical sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and the US, the Archbishop of Dublin lamented the scale of... Read more

St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry.

Irish bishop: Church must be unafraid to engage difficult questions

Faced with daunting cultural challenges, the Church must engage in difficult discussions rather than seeking quick answers, said Bishop Donal... Read more

St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, Ireland.

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

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

Leo Varadkar.

Irish prime minister: Catholic hospitals will be required to perform abortions

Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the... Read more

Pro-life demonstrators protest outside the supreme court in London where judges ruled on an appeal against Northern Ireland's abortion laws June 7, 2018.

Court dismisses suit over Northern Ireland abortion law, on technicality

The UK Supreme Court threw out a case challenging Northern Ireland's abortion law on Thursday, saying the commission which brought... 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

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

Flag of Ireland.

Your vote is the unborn child's voice, pro-lifers say in Irish abortion debate

Ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum on Friday, pro-life and pro-abortion rights debaters have squared off in a country where voters... Read more

Sign from the "Save 8 Rally," Ireland, March 10, 2018. Courtesy photo.

125,000 additional Irish register to vote on abortion referendum

In advance of an upcoming Irish referendum on abortion legal, more than 100,000 people in the country have registered to... Read more

Midwife: Repealing Ireland's abortion amendment would harm women

Eliminating Ireland’s constitutional protection of life inside the womb would have negative consequences on not only the unborn, but on... Read more

Church pleads for prayers ahead of Ireland's abortion referendum

With a referendum vote that could legalize abortion in Ireland just days away, the country’s clergy and Church leaders are... Read more

Stand Up for Life Rally, Dublin.

‘Cautiously optimistic’ pro-lifers attend Irish rally ahead of vote

Less than two weeks before a historic vote on whether to allow increased access to abortion in Ireland, thousands of... Read more

Google search.

Could Google's ban on ads rig Ireland’s abortion vote?

Internet giant Google has decided to bar all ads related to a fast-approaching referendum on legalizing abortion in Ireland. The... Read more