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Irish policy aimed at Catholic schools raises fears of discrimination

Apr 3, 2018

A proposed policy in Ireland that would ban Catholic schools from prioritizing Catholic students on wait lists is being criticized... Read more

Jesuit priest, last living son of Irish revolutionary leaders, dies at 104

Apr 2, 2018

A priest whose father was executed following Ireland’s 1916 Easter Rising has died at the age of 104, after a... Read more

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square April 2, 2016.

Pope Francis will travel to Dublin Aug. 25-26 for family gathering

Mar 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

During his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis was presented with the official icon for the World Meeting of Families, announcing... Read more

Pro-life leaders deliver letter to Irish prime minister: Choose Life

Mar 16, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A group of 17 American pro-life leaders delivered a letter to Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday urging him... Read more

Save the 8th Rally in Dublin on March 10, 2018. Courtesy photo.

In Ireland, pro-lifers rally by the thousands against legalizing abortion

Mar 12, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

Some 100,000 Irish pro-life advocates took to the streets across the country on Saturday to oppose legalizing abortion in the... Read more

Irish minister Katherine Zappone.

Irish official warns against LGBT exclusion at World Meeting of Families

Mar 5, 2018

Ahead of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland this August, a government minister has warned that the event... Read more

Attendees at the Loving the 8th event in Dun Laoghaire.

Hundreds rally in support of Ireland's pro-life amendment

Feb 15, 2018

Hundreds of people rallied in the coastal suburb of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on Saturday to show support for the country’s... 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

'Be missionaries for the cause of life,' Irish bishop tells faithful

Feb 7, 2018

Ahead of Ireland’s referendum on the country’s abortion laws, Bishop Brendan Leahy penned a letter to the diocese of Limerick... Read more

Irish flag.

As abortion vote is set, Irish bishops encourage respect for life

Jan 30, 2018

The Irish government announced Monday that a referendum that could liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws will be set for a vote... Read more

Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises 'exponentially'

Jan 24, 2018

An Irish priest and exorcist is asking the country's bishops for more support after noticing a dramatic increase in demonic... Read more

Irish forest secretly grows into Celtic cross

Dec 21, 2017

The Celtic cross has been recognized as an emblem of Irish Christianity for centuries.  Read more

The order of Irish Catholics you probably haven't heard of

Dec 20, 2017

By Mary Farrow

They’re Irish, they’re Catholic, and they’re proud. But you maybe haven’t heard of them.  Read more

Money.

Soros money means legal trouble for Amnesty's Ireland abortion campaign

Dec 11, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Amnesty International is in no position to oppose an Irish law against foreign political funding now that it is under... Read more

Silverstream Priory Benedictine Monks.

Meet the monks who spend their lives praying for Ireland's priests

Oct 24, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Prayer, reparation, and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation... Read more

Katie Ascough, UCDSU President. Courtesy of Katie Ascough.

Attempt to oust pro-life student union president denounced as 'bullying tactic'

Oct 14, 2017

The student union president at University College Dublin said that a campaign to impeach her is a “bullying tactic” by... Read more

Wedding rings.

N. Ireland high court: No European right to 'gay marriage'

Aug 22, 2017

Northern Ireland’s High Court has rejected two legal challenges that sought to recognize same-sex unions as marriages, saying it is... Read more

Holy Rosary church in Belfast.

Priest horrified at exorcist film showings in abandoned church

Jul 27, 2017

An Irish priest has decried a film festival's plans to screen two horror films in an abandoned church next month.  Read more

Priests celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for two new Canadian Saints in St. Peter's Basilica on Oct. 12, 2014.

Rise in priest suicides prompts call for helpline in Ireland

Jul 3, 2017

Besides a shortage of vocations, Irish priests are facing an even more harrowing kind of crisis.  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