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Jan 13, 2019 - 04:18 pm .- With the dawn of legal abortion in Ireland, the pro-life movement in the country is beginning a fight that their U.S. counterparts have been engaged in since 1973.
Jan 3, 2019 - 04:05 pm .- January 1, 2019 marked the beginning of legalized abortion in Ireland, drawing dismay from Irish pro-life groups, who campaigned extensively against the reform.
Dec 10, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- A pro-life association of nurses and midwives in the Republic of Ireland is joining a growing number of concerned voices who say that many Irish medical professionals are unwilling to take part in abortions, and that the country is ill-prepared to begin offering abortion services starting Jan. 1, 2019.
Nov 24, 2018 - 03:59 am .- Peadar Toibin, an Irish lawmaker who was suspended from the Sinn Fein political party for voting against legalizing abortion, is working to launch a new pro-life political movement whose draft manifesto says “all human life should be protected” and “no mother or child should be left behind.”
Nov 16, 2018 - 08:49 am .- The heart of St. Laurence O’Toole is again on public display six years after it was stolen, and 800 years after the death of the saint.
Nov 12, 2018 - 04:56 pm .- Irish Protestants and Catholics should see the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day as an opportunity to build peace and reconciliation, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland said at an interreligious memorial service on Sunday.
Nov 8, 2018 - 02:05 pm .- Some 640 general practitioners in the Republic of Ireland have signed a petition saying their concerns have not been listened to regarding the government's plan to have abortion services led by general practitioners.
Oct 30, 2018 - 12:53 pm .- Irish voters supported overwhelmingly last week a daily broadcast of the “Angelus Bells” on national broadcasting network RTE.
Oct 26, 2018 - 04:06 pm .- Exit polls indicated Irish voters were expected to repeal the Republic of Ireland’s constitutional prohibition against blasphemy, with close to 70 percent of voters backing the change in a Friday vote, the Irish Times has reported.
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.