‘Two Lives, One Love’ – submission to the Citizens’ Assembly by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Please see below key points from the submission of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to the Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of the Eighth Amendment.  The full text, which follows, was submitted to the Citizens’ Assembly earlier today and will be made available in parishes in the coming weeks: The Constitution celebrates the equality of the mother […]

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Bishop John Kirby’s message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016

“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you and before you were born, I consecrated you” (Jer 1:5) In his 1995 encyclical letter The Gospel of Life (Evangelium Vitae), Pope Saint John Paul II requested the bishops of the different countries of the world to celebrate the gift of life with an annual […]

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Archbishop Eamon Martin’s message for ‘Day for Life’ 2016

Pope Francis often speaks about the need for a ‘revolution of tenderness’ to melt the ‘hardness of heart’ that is so prevalent in today’s world.  Nowadays the way of tenderness is indeed counter-cultural and revolutionary.  It is perhaps the only way to confront inhumanity and cruelty, to bridge the great divide which greed has created […]

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Vatican Radio interview with Bishop Kevin Doran on Day for Life 2016

The 2016 Day for Life is being marked across Ireland this Sunday highlighting the meaning and value of human life at every stage. The theme for this year is, “Everything is Connected. In their Day for Life pastoral message the Bishops of Ireland have drawn inspiration from Pope Francis’ encyclical letter “Laudato Si” on the […]

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Every Human Life a Gift: Defending the Pro-Life Amendment – Address by Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin at event organised by Family and Life

The Fundamental Right to Life The Second World War, which touched every continent in the world, ended just seventy years ago. While it lasted, the principal focus for many ordinary people was simply to survive. Within months of the ending of the war, however, people had begun to reflect in a more organised way on […]

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Pastoral Statement of the Catholic Bishops of Ireland on the Upcoming General Election

A general election is an important moment which offers a democratic society an opportunity to reflect on its successes and failures.  In Ireland we are fortunate to live in a lively democratic society, even with all its imperfections.   Democracy requires in the first place that all citizens exercise their right to vote and we strongly […]

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Bishop Ray Browne calls us to cast our vote

Appreciate our country, serve it wholeheartedly, cast your vote A General Election is a unique event in the life of any country. The excitement and the hustle and bustle will be with us over the next few weeks until Election Day. It is good for our democracy that so many people participate in the campaign. […]

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Recognising One Another as Persons A pre-election 2016 statement from Bishop Kevin Doran, Bishop of Elphin

As we approach the General Election, I want to share some thoughts with you regarding our responsibilities as Catholics who are also citizens. I do so in a spirit of respectful dialogue, conscious of the fact that, as individual Catholics and as a faith community, it is part of our mission to pursue the common […]

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Statement by Archbishop Michael Neary concerning the equal protection of the right to life of mothers and unborn children

Issues in General Election 2016 I am mindful of the many important issues which are being raised by voters and candidates in the run up to voting day for the general election on 26 February: unemployment and especially amongst our young people, emigration, rural crime, flooding, homelessness, housing, poverty; the quality of our education system; medical […]

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Catholic Bishops call on politicians to defend the humanity and right to life of unborn children with life-limiting conditions.

Statement by the Catholic Bishops of Northern Ireland on the proposed abortion amendment to the Northern Ireland Justice Bill Catholic Bishops call on politicians to defend the humanity and right to life of unborn children with life-limiting conditions. “Legislators have a duty to acknowledge that an unborn child with a life-limiting condition, including anencephaly, continues in every clinical and moral sense to […]

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