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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

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

Flag of Ireland.

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

May 23, 2018

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

May 21, 2018

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

May 17, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

May 17, 2018

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

May 15, 2018

By Mary Farrow

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?

May 11, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Repealing Ireland's pro-life amendment could have dire consequences, bishop warns

May 10, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Ireland’s upcoming vote on whether to legalize abortion is “a vital issue of life or death” that threatens to change... Read more

Celtic cross.

Did Irish saints perform abortions? Don’t believe it, scholars say

Apr 28, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Faulty history, bad moral analysis and dubious voting advice are behind claims that several cherished Irish saints were involved in... Read more