Ireland - Latest News
Oct 5, 2018 - 09:00 am .- Catholic leaders fear a revival of border tensions in Ireland following Brexit. As the United Kingdom prepares for its withdrawal from the European Union, Catholics in parishes and dioceses split by the border are concerned that any return to a “hard border” could mean real effects on their day-to-day lives.
Sep 24, 2018 - 03:03 pm .- Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has announced that he intends to make it possible for women in the Republic of Ireland to have abortions free of charge, following the recent legalization of abortion in the country.
Sep 19, 2018 - 11:00 am .- The Eighth Amendment to the Irish Constitution, which provided legal protection for the unborn, was officially repealed Sept. 18. The repeal was enacted when President Michael D. Higgins signed the country’s 36th Amendment into law, clearing the way for legal abortion in Ireland.
Aug 27, 2018 - 12:24 pm .- Despite generations of poverty and prejudice from both the government and ordinary Irish citizens, the faith of the itinerant Irish Traveller community today is strong, say local Catholic leaders.
Aug 26, 2018 - 01:29 pm .- In lieu of a traditional penitential act during Sunday’s Papal Mass at Phoenix Park, Pope Francis issued an apology to those who had been abused by members of the clergy and nuns, particularly those in the country’s mother and baby homes.
Aug 26, 2018 - 01:27 pm .- During his last stop in Dublin Sunday, Pope Francis met with the bishops of Ireland, telling them to take encouragement for their daily ministry in the truth found in Christ.
Aug 25, 2018 - 05:34 pm .- On Sunday, August 26, Pope Francis will become the second pontiff to visit the Knock Shrine. During his visit, the pope will visit the Apparition Chapel and pray the Angelus before returning to Dublin.
Aug 25, 2018 - 03:28 pm .- Pope Francis encouraged attendees at an evening festival for the World Meeting of Families to radiate joy into the world like lighthouses radiate light – giving an example for other families to follow.
Aug 24, 2018 - 12:18 pm .- Amid clerical sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and the US, the Archbishop of Dublin lamented the scale of the problem, but said the Church in Ireland has greatly improved.
Aug 21, 2018 - 05:22 pm .- Faced with daunting cultural challenges, the Church must engage in difficult discussions rather than seeking quick answers, said Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry at one of the local opening Masses for the World Meeting of Families.
Aug 16, 2018 - 01:01 pm .- The Pope’s visit to Ireland is a time for the Church to reflect on her past failings and consider how to repair the Church for future generations, an Irish bishop has said.
Jun 15, 2018 - 03:26 am .- Publicly-funded hospitals in Ireland will be required to perform abortions, even if they are Catholic and morally opposed to the procedure, the nation’s prime minister announced this week.
Jun 7, 2018 - 04:23 pm .- The UK Supreme Court threw out a case challenging Northern Ireland's abortion law on Thursday, saying the commission which brought the case does not have standing to do so. However, the judges also said the current law violates the European Convention on Human Rights.
May 29, 2018 - 03:15 pm .- As the Republic of Ireland moved to legalize abortion over the weekend, one bishop has said that practicing Catholics who voted to repeal the Eighth Amendment should consider going to confession.
May 23, 2018 - 11:00 pm .- Ahead of Ireland’s abortion referendum on Friday, pro-life and pro-abortion rights debaters have squared off in a country where voters will be asked to remove constitutional protections for the unborn, known as the Eighth Amendment. The government-backed law, critics said, would harm those who have no voice.
May 21, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- In advance of an upcoming Irish referendum on abortion legal, more than 100,000 people in the country have registered to vote.
May 17, 2018 - 12:36 pm .- Eliminating Ireland’s constitutional protection of life inside the womb would have negative consequences on not only the unborn, but on women and society, said an Irish bioethicicst and midwife.
May 17, 2018 - 03:02 am .- With a referendum vote that could legalize abortion in Ireland just days away, the country’s clergy and Church leaders are asking the world for prayers.
May 15, 2018 - 05:00 am .- Less than two weeks before a historic vote on whether to allow increased access to abortion in Ireland, thousands of people gathered on Saturday for a final pro-life rally in the capital city of Dublin.