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Statement by Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran on the death of Bishop Christopher Jones

This is a sad day for all of us in the Diocese of Elphin as the news has broken of the death of our Bishop Emeritus, Christopher Jones.  I offer my personal sympathies and prayers to his sister Eileen and to all his extended family, and also to [...]


Love Them Both – Archbishop Eamon Martin as the 25 May Referendum approaches

Dear brothers and sisters,

When I wrote to you in January about protecting the Eighth Amendment, I invited you to spread the word about the precious gift of life from the first moment of conception until the moment of natural death.  I encouraged you to be “missionaries [...]


Bishop John Buckley’s pastoral message on the Right to Life

Within days Ireland will be facing a Referendum to remove the right to life of the unborn from the Constitution.  I am asking you to reflect on a number of issues and misinformation that people have brought to my attention since the publication of my pastoral letter.


Pastoral message by Bishop Kevin Doran to the Diocese of Elphin on the Right to Life

Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the Holy Spirit whom we describe in the Creed each week as the “Giver of Life”.  We have five days left to do all that we can to protect that Gift of Life.  I want to acknowledge the generosity of all those [...]


Spring pastoral letter on human life by Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly SMA

Dear parishioners and all people of good will in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly,

Spring has at last come and I wish to send you greetings and good wishes.  The harsh winter we have experienced is now coming to an end as the signs of new [...]


Pastoral letter by Bishop John Fleming to the Diocese of Killala

“True compassion does not marginalise anyone, nor does it humiliate and exclude; much less consider the disappearance of a person as a good thing” – Pope Francis

I am aware that the current public debate on the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland, Article 40.3.3, is complex, [...]


Pastoral message by Bishop Ray Browne on the right to life of the unborn child

“So great is the value of human life, and so inalienable the right to life of an innocent child growing in the mother’s womb, that no alleged right to one’s own body can justify a decision to terminate that life” (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 83)

The current Referendum campaign is causing great hurt [...]


“Celebrate Life” – pastoral message of Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan

It is not easy to speak about the up-coming referendum.  But it is absolutely necessary.  We will not get this chance again.  It is about life and death.  Everyone listening to or reading this letter started life in the womb of his or her mother.  We are reminded [...]


Pastoral letter by Bishop Dermot Farrell on the Right to Life

My dear people,

In these days, every person in Ireland, is being asked to consider a fundamental question, a question that lies at the heart of allowing a child the possibility of reaching their potential.  All of us, especially people of faith must engage in this debate; [...]


‘We Love Both’-pastoral message by Bishop John Kirby on the sanctity of human life

The decision of the Government to hold a referendum on repealing article 40.3.3 – the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland – is a major challenge to the respect for life that has been so much part of our culture for generations.

Article 40.3.3 – the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution – reads:

“The state [...]


Pastoral letter of Bishop Fintan Monahan – Invitation to choose life!


On May 25th we will be asked to express our opinion on a vital issue of life or death in relation to the eighth amendment of our Constitution.  It is a question that has profound moral and religious implications for us all and specifically for the right to life of the [...]


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 [...]


‘Supporting a Culture of Life’ – pastoral message by Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare and Leighlin

On 25 May, a referendum will be held on the question of removing the right to life of the unborn child from the Constitution of Ireland.  I want to explain in these short words why I will be voting No.

Let me state the obvious at the outset.  There is no easy [...]


Pastoral letter on the right to life by Bishop John Buckley of Cork and Ross

The title “Mother” is possibly the most honoured title in the world.  Mothers are the most loved and respected in every culture, in every continent, in every country down through the ages.  Children become very much aware of this when they sit by their mother’s deathbed and ask the nurse: [...]


Pastoral letter on the Right to Life by Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ of Raphoe

My Dear People,

In anticipation of the Referendum on the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution of Ireland I want to write to you on the question of the Right to Life.  As Catholics we all hold to the absolute sacredness of all life from conception to natural death.  Still, I know that this [...]


Pastoral Letter on Unborn Human Life by Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam

Pastoral Message – Bishop Michael Neary

Reference: https://www.chooselife2018.ie/pastoral-letter-on-unborn-human-life-by-archbishop-michael-neary-of-tuam/1061/


Human life is precious, beautiful, sacred – A Pastoral Letter from Donal McKeown, Bishop of Derry

The relationship between parent and child is deeply rooted in human nature. Becoming a mother or father is a great joy for so many people. Many parents see their child as a miracle. Lots of children are alive now because of the wonderful care that sick or premature babies can [...]


Pastoral message by Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh and Clonmacnois

Life is both sacred and a human right

I write to you concerning the proposal to remove the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution of Ireland (Article 40.3.3) in 2018.  Because this is a positive and life affirming constitutional provision, and in response to those concerns expressed by members of the faithful, I strongly [...]


Two Lives, One Love – Pastoral Message for 2018 on the right to life

During their Spring General Meeting this week in Maynooth, the Bishops of Ireland reviewed their pastoral message Two Lives, One Love and today publish a revised edition as part of their contribution to the national conversation on the right to life:


Having consulted carefully with members of the lay faithful, both women and [...]


Pastoral message of Bishop Leo O’Reilly of Kilmore

On any of these spring mornings when the sun is shining and you hear the birds singing, it’s hard to suppress the impulse to do a little skip, and to shout ‘it’s great to be alive’.  The older I get the more I appreciate that most precious gift of all, [...]


Pastoral Message from Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

From today, and every week, I invite you to read a newsletter Choose Life 2018 prepared for parishes by the Catholic Communications Office.  The newsletter promotes the Church’s position on unborn human life and encourages family discussion on this important subject.

I appreciate, of course, that engaging in [...]


Pastoral Message for the New Year 2018 from Archbishop Eamon Martin

My brothers and sisters, as 2018 begins, I wish you, your family and all your loved ones the gifts of hope, love, and “life to the full” in the New Year.

On 1st January this year, the Feast of the Motherhood of Mary, Pope Francis said that calling Mary: “Mother of [...]

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