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Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #14

“We’re in unprecedented times with constantly changing social and moral values. Our contribution to our families, the Church and society has never been more important.” Catherine Wiley, from Mayo, is founder of the Catholic Grandparents Association.

2018.04.30.

It’s the end of the day for Catholic charities’ oil investments

“The poor are suffering greatly from the climate crisis and fossil fuels are among the main drivers of this injustice,” says Cardinal Luis Tagle of Caritas Internationalis.

2018.04.30.

Filipino priest slain while chatting to parishioners after Mass

This is the second Filipino priest to be assassinated by gunmen in just over four months. Both were social justice advocates and defenders of the poor.

2018.04.30.

Referendum debate continues, this time on live TV

Ciara Ferry reviews Friday’s debate on the Late Late Show, and says that with two more televised debates expected before 25 May, campaigners will hope that calm, rational debate will keep viewer numbers up and encourage a high turn-out on polling day.

2018.04.29.

Pope Francis’s reforms are ensuring that the Vatican’s money is clean

This month, the former head of the Vatican Bank Angelo Caloia goes on trial charged with embezzling €50m from the sale of church Vatican property.

2018.04.29.

Heritage of Ireland’s Mass rocks in danger of being lost

Dr Hilary Bishop appeals to the Irish public for help in locating Mass rocks.

2018.04.28.

Knock Eucharistic Adoration pilgrimage will pray for Right to Life campaign

We will gather in Knock to pray to our heavenly Mother for future mothers and their unborn children in our country, says chief celebrant Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan.

2018.04.28.

Missing heart – relic of Dublin’s patron saint – is returned

Moment of joy as Gardaí hand over precious relic to Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin Dr Michael Jackson at service of Choral Evensong yesterday.

2018.04.27.

Republicans and trade unionists call for No at GPO

“The Taoiseach want us GPs to become abortionists. Abortion is not healthcare,” says Dr Judy Ceannt, grand-niece of 1916 Proclamation signatory Éamonn Ceannt.

2018.04.27.

Delays hamper asylum seekers’ integration into Irish society, says UNHCR

The introduction of a more general right to work from June, for those who can avail of it, should ease some of the stress people experience while waiting. Ultimately, however, they need certainty about their fate to move forward with their lives – Enda O’Neill, Head of Office with UNHCR Ireland.

2018.04.26.

Iona calls for clarity from Referendum Commission

The very purpose of the referendum from the government’s point of view is to allow it to legislate for abortion – Maria Steen on behalf of the Iona Institute.

2018.04.26.

Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #13

“In my 40 years of practice I’ve seen many difficult cases but I’ve never felt the Eighth Amendment had a negative impact on the safe practice of medicine.” Dr John Monaghan is a retired obstetrician and gynaecologist.

2018.04.25.

Greater funding needed for children and schools

Research shows that two thirds of the higher costs for older children go towards food, clothing, personal care and social inclusion costs. Some €9.50 of the extra costs goes on second level education expenses.

2018.04.25.

Ecumenical Bible Week focuses on Handing on the Faith

Symposium will include presentations by John Waters on ‘Taking us Back to the Father’, Rev Ginnie Kennerley on ‘The Family Today: Healing and Expansion in Christ’, and Nick Park on ‘Modern Family – Ancient Problems’.

2018.04.25.

Pastoral message of Bishop Denis Brennan on the Right to Life

As you are aware, the government has decided to call a referendum for Friday 25 May when the proposal to remove the Eighth Amendment from our Constitution will be put before us. The Eighth Amendment affords an equal right to life, both to the unborn baby, and to the mother.  The proposal to remove this

2018.04.24.
2018.04.24.

Emma’s Story

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2018.04.24.

Midwife relates how she was forced out over refusal to supervise abortions

The push for unrestricted abortion is being driven by “a small number of ideologues” warns Mary Doogan.

2018.04.24.

Missionary appeals to TDs over Bill to restrict travel by convicted paedophiles

If enacted, the legislation will “help to curtail child abuse sex tourism and protect children in countries like the Philippines, Thailand, and Cambodia where child protection laws are weak or not enforced” - Columban missionary, Fr Shay Cullen.

2018.04.24.

Legal Opinion

STATEMENT - In Article 40.3.3° of the Constitution of Ireland (“the Eighth Amendment”) the State “acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother, guarantees in its laws to respect, and, as far as practicable, by its laws to defend and vindicate that right.”

2018.04.23.

Standing ovation on Britain’s Got Talent TV show for singing priest Fr Ray Kelly

“I would like to be the first singing priest to win,” says clerical crooner Fr Ray Kelly.

2018.04.23.

Act in the best interest of the unborn child, says Bishop Brennan to voters in Ferns

“We are always human. At no point are we ever something less or something different. What is inherently a right to humanity – namely the right to life – cannot be either denied or taken away.”

2018.04.23.

Alarm at proposal to impose abortion provision on local GP surgeries

“This is not about trust; it is politicians using trust and compassion as a means for bringing in unrestricted abortion on demand,” Medical Alliance for the Eighth warns.

2018.04.22.

The Lord is still calling men to the priesthood, says Bishop Cullinan ahead of Vocations Sunday

We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events. On the contrary, our life and our presence in this world is the fruit of a divine vocation, says Pope Francis.

2018.04.21.

Ireland must redouble efforts for peaceful resolution in Syria

Trócaire appeals to public to send ‘SOS for Syria’ to Irish government.

2018.04.21.

Snakes and Ladders

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2018.04.20.

Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #12

“It is not easy to be pro-life as a medical student. Some may criticise my stance, others may support me, but I chose a career in medicine to save lives.” Clare Crowley, 27, is a final year medical student at the University of Limerick.

2018.04.20.

Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #11

"Some people say you can’t be a feminist unless you support abortion. Yet there are many women like me who consider ourselves feminists but also respect life from conception.” Emma Sisk, from Co. Tipperary, is a communications officer for the Irish Bishops’ Conference

2018.04.20.

Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #10

"If the Eighth Amendment is repealed it will have en impact, not only on the general public, but those of us working on the health sector whose duty is always to save lives." Eilish Butler, 27, is a nurse from Innishannon. Co. Cork

2018.04.20.

Choose Life 2018 – Newsletter Issue #9

“The doctors told us our baby had a ‘fatal foetal abnormality’ and that they were 100% certain that our baby wouldn’t live. We were told there was no hope at all.” Sinéad McBreen with her daughter Grace from Bailieborough, Co. Cavan

2018.04.20.
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