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The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish midwives and nurses join doctors in abortion bill protest

Dec 10, 2018

A pro-life association of nurses and midwives in the Republic of Ireland is joining a growing number of concerned voices... Read more

Irish flag.

Will Ireland’s abortion vote launch a new pro-life party?

Nov 24, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Peadar Toibin, an Irish lawmaker who was suspended from the Sinn Fein political party for voting against legalizing abortion, is... Read more

The heart of St Laurence O'Toole.

After shocking theft, heart of Irish saint returns home

Nov 16, 2018

The heart of St. Laurence O’Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years... Read more

Archbishop Eamon Martin.

Irish archbishop: The sacrifice of Protestants and Catholics in WWI should unite us

Nov 12, 2018

Irish Protestants and Catholics should see the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day as an opportunity to build peace and reconciliation,... Read more

Irish physicians complain they've been ignored by health minister on abortion

Nov 8, 2018

Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened... Read more

Irish voters support daily Angelus broadcast

Oct 30, 2018

Irish voters supported overwhelmingly last week a daily broadcast of the “Angelus Bells” on national broadcasting network RTE.  Read more

The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Irish voters remove blasphemy punishment from constitution

Oct 26, 2018

Exit polls indicated Irish voters were expected to repeal the Republic of Ireland’s constitutional prohibition against blasphemy, with close to... Read more

Pro-EU Protester on the Peoples Vote March Holds a Large Homemade Sign About the Brexit Irish Border Issue.

Ahead of Brexit, Irish fear border tensions and split parishes

Oct 5, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Catholic leaders fear a revival of border tensions in Ireland following Brexit. As the United Kingdom prepares for its withdrawal... 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

The office of the Taoiseach in Dublin, Ireland.

Ireland repeals Eighth Amendment, clearing path for legal abortion

Sep 19, 2018

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

Aug 27, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 26, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 26, 2018

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?

Aug 25, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 24, 2018

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

Aug 21, 2018

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

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

Leo Varadkar.

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

Jun 15, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jun 7, 2018

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