"We propose that, in addition to wearing face masks, ministers of the Eucharist would wear gloves, so there would be no contact of hands during the distribution of Communion," says Fr Dermot Leycock.
"Let us not forget the efforts that lie ahead," said Ireland's Church leaders quoting the British prime minister Winston Churchill.
As the island battles this pandemic, standing alongside other denominations and Christian organisations, we are today issuing a call to pray — Ireland's church leaders.
"Jesus Christ, come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love," says prayer of Bishop of Ferns
The objective of our Lenten digital initiative is to assist our spiritual preparation for the joy and hope of the Easter season – Archbishop Eamon Martin.
We need to re-focus on delivering the best care possible for mothers and babies and to avoid the ongoing rush to prioritise abortion funding to the clear detriment of mothers, babies and staff – Pro Life Campaign.
"The people of the diocese have been very generous over these years in supporting Share even at moments of serious economic difficulties. I thank you for that generosity and I encourage you to continue in the support given to Share," says Archbishop Martin
Two-day International Conference "Saving our common home and the future of life on Earth". Vatican City, 5-6 July 2018, hosted by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
“Each surgical abortion will take priority over all other gynecological or obstetric services because you can’t have a waiting list for an abortion. This is estimated to be approximately 2,000 within one year if [...]
“The proposed legislation would allow the abortion of a healthy baby from a healthy mother for any reason at all in the first 3 months of a 9 month pregnancy. It also allows for the abortion of a healthy baby in the first 6 months of a 9 month pregnancy [...]
“Defending the right to life of the unborn is the most important social justice issue of our time. It will shape the kind of Ireland we live in for years to come.” Finola Bruton is chair of the Parish Pastoral Council of Dunboyne & Kilbride.
“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.
“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.
“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.
"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
"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
“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
“I’m challenged on my views a lot because I’m a man. There are some who feel I shouldn’t have an opinion. As a father, I say we should all have a voice in this debate. It’s a family issue at heart” Séan Feeney with his son Aaron from Castleknock, Dublin 15
“I’m so thankful the Eighth Amendment was there to protect me from making a quick and rash decision when I was experiencing a crisis pregnancy” Emma Maloney, 25, from Co. Kildare, pictured with her son Rossa