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EU continues mandate for Special Envoy for religious freedom after campaigning

“The persistent discrimination, persecution or even mass killings of religious and ethnic minorities makes protecting and promoting this freedom inside and outside the EU all the more essential,” said EPP Group chair Manfred Weber and vice-chair Jan Olbrycht.


Bishops’ plea for informed voting in European elections

Given the “potentially profound and far-reaching implications” of Brexit for all citizens across the island of Ireland, participating in the European elections in an informed and conscientious way “has rarely been more important”.


European bishops stress importance of common free time in EU

Catholic Church and Trade Unions demonstrate how social, religious and civic engagement is declining in the EU due to the lack of “common free time and free Sundays”.  


Reality magazine celebrates 80 years

“We need a Catholic media to champion the Catholic perspective and to which Catholics can turn for support, information, and guidance."


‘European project is not a monstrous bureaucracy’

Bishop of Down and Connor speaks in support of EU describing it as "a highly calibrated political architecture, unique on the face of the earth and in human history".


Bishops of England & Wales reflect on EU Referendum

“The outcome will have consequences for the future not only of the United Kingdom, but for Europe and for the world.”


ISIS is committing genocide against Christians: MPs

The crimes committed by ISIS include the rape of children, the killing by crucifixion of Christians and systematic violence against religious minorities.


ISIS persecution of Christians is genocide

Irish government urged to formally recognise genocide as criteria under the UN Convention have been met in Syria and Iraq: Aid to the Church in Need.


COMECE hails condemnation of ISIS genocide

“So-called ISIS/Da’ish is committing genocide against Christians and Yazidis and other religious and ethnic minorities."


Iona welcomes EU Parliament vote against surrogacy

“This vote is very welcome. Surrogacy, whether commercial or not, unavoidably turns children into commodities" - David Quinn.


Bishops seek protection of asylum-seekers

Statement marks International Human Rights Day with a call to protect the human rights of those living in poverty, asylum seekers and the trafficked.


Pope’s address challenges Europe’s politicians

To shake off its malaise, he said, Europe needs to recover a sense of values and mission, one foundation for which is religious conviction.


Pope Francis to address European Parliament

“Pope is acknowledging unique significance of European institutions in life of our continent" - COMECE President.


JRS Ireland quiz EU stance on forced migration

Only 10 EU member states responded to UNHCR appeal on behalf of Syrian refugees.


Bishops urge voters to make their views heard

“As citizens of the European Union we have a role to play in shaping its future.”


Appeal for Pakistani Christian opens today

Asia Bibi unjustly accused and sentenced to death for blasphemy.


Ruhama welcomes prostitution legislation vote

“In passing this resolution, the European Parliament is acknowledging the intrinsic link between prostitution and trafficking for sexual exploitation.”


MEPs vote down proposal for abortion as a ‘human right’

"It is fitting that a report which sought to attack the most basic human right - the right to life - was rejected" says PLC.


MEPs reject proposal declaring abortion a human right

Report was formulated by Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality.


Trócaire highlights damage of EU biofuel policies

Communities being forced off their land to make way for biofuels.

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