Tag: Ireland

Northern Ireland bishops ask for waiting period in new abortion law

MANCHESTER, England | The Catholic bishops of Northern Ireland have asked the U.K. government to include a mandatory waiting period for women who request abortions under a new law. They also demanded that abortion services, such as access to abortion-inducing pills, are kept out of Catholic schools, and that all medical personnel and pharmacists have… Read more »

Ireland agrees to reassess claims of workers in Magdalene laundries

DUBLIN | Women who worked in Ireland’s “Magdalene laundries” but were denied compensation under the state’s Magdalene Restorative Justice program have won their long-running battle to have their applications reassessed. New legislation will ensure that payments to the women, many now over age 70, will be fast-tracked by the Irish state in an effort to… Read more »

At Knock shrine, pope again begs forgiveness for betrayal of abuse

KNOCK, Ireland | On a foggy, soggy day at a Marian shrine in County Mayo, Pope Francis said he prayed before a statue of Our Lady of Knock for all those who suffered sexual and physical abuse by Catholic clergy or in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland. “None of us can fail to be moved by… Read more »

Irish bishop hopes papal visit can help bring healing after abortion vote

DUBLIN | An Irish bishop said he hopes Pope Francis’ August visit can help bring healing after a divisive referendum that will pave the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks’ gestation. In a May 25 referendum, voters opted by a margin of 66.4 percent to 33.6 percent to remove the right to… Read more »

Irish pro-life campaigners criticize Google decision to ban campaign ads

A video to accompany this story can be found at https://youtu.be/YF3P6HSbTRM DUBLIN | Irish pro-life campaigners have criticized a decision by tech giant Google to ban campaign advertisements before the May 25 referendum on whether the right to life of the unborn should continue to be enshrined in the constitution. The government wants voters to… Read more »