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PLC hits back at criticism of Ireland’s abortion law

Over a ten year period from 2000, 491 babies who survived botched abortions in Canada were abandoned by medical staff and left to die alone.

2016.05.12.

COMECE welcomes Pope’s speech on Europe

Pope Francis stressed the need to move away from a “liquid economy" to create dignified and well-paying jobs.

2016.05.09.

PLC angered by Citizens’ Assembly on abortion proposal

Citizens’ Assembly proposal has always been about paving the way for removing the only remaining legal protection for the unborn child.

2016.05.06.

Irish society must be ‘people-centered’: Archbishop

If an unborn child has a life-limiting condition, it would be “inhumane to withdraw the protection of the Constitution to their right to life”.

2016.02.17.

Authorities bulldoze church and mosque in Calais

“The destruction of these places of worship is at odds with the fundamental human right to worship freely according to the beliefs and principles of all those in the jungle.”

2016.02.02.

Irish schoolgirl writes song in support of PREDA

Róisín Seoighe entered song competition after viewing ‘Kids Behind Bars’ which gives an insight into the plight of vulnerable and destitute children in the Philippines.

2016.01.18.

Churches can nurture ‘healing conversations’

2016 commemorations have the potential to stimulate much-needed reflection on where we are as a society and what we want to achieve for the future.

2016.01.01.

Welcome for landmark climate deal in Paris

Trócaire warns that deal is a road map for urgent action as opposed to a definitive solution to protect people from the impacts of climate change.

2015.12.13.

“Cherish all the children of the nation equally”

“As a society our progress should be measured against how effectively we care for the most vulnerable amongst us,” bishops state.

2015.12.03.

Primate hosts cross-border talks on climate change

Summit in Paris provides a historic opportunity to re-balance the equation towards more just and sustainable development: Archbishop Martin.

2015.11.19.

New EU guidelines on goods from illegal settlements

Trócaire has called for a complete EU ban on goods imported from illegal Israeli settlements.

2015.11.17.

Don’t abandon public square legal expert appeals

Director of the Law Centre tells Church leaders not 'demonise' people working in the human rights sector but build relationships with them.

2015.11.06.

Religion is vital contributor to national conversation

Baroness O'Loan concerned at the increasing marginalisation of religion, particularly Christianity, even in nations which place great emphasis on tolerance.

2015.10.31.

China to end controversial one-child policy

“Coercion is the core of the policy. Instituting a two-child policy will not end forced abortion or forced sterilisation” - Women’s Rights Without Frontiers.

2015.10.30.

Refugees advocate calls for increased migrant rights

Former director of the bishops' Refugee and Migrant project warns that enforced idleness is unnatural and corrosive of dignity; people need to be allowed to work.

2015.10.30.

Primate appeals for cohesive plan for refugees

“We are being confronted with a human tragedy that requires a generous political and church partnership to help meet the needs of these vulnerable people."

2015.10.26.

Advance of sex buyer’s law in Seanad welcomed

There is broad acceptance across political parties about the links between organised crime & prostitution & the need to put these gangs out of business.

2015.10.08.

Pro Life Campaign runs ‘month for life’ in October

Focus of the National Conference will be "confidently and unapologetically" working to defend the 8th Amendment, Ireland’s Life Equality Amendment.

2015.10.03.

Bishops express solidarity with suffering of refugees

“Urgent reform is required to avoid the creation of an unjust two-tier system in which the needs of those waiting for status for many years are overlooked.”

2015.10.02.

Call for law to protect trafficked sex workers

Sexual Offences Bill will be an opportunity to “wreck the business model” for pimps and traffickers and ensure that Ireland is no longer a safe haven for such crimes.

2015.08.19.

Council of Europe honours Irish missionary nun

Sr Dr Maura Lynch MMM, a doctor-surgeon and obstetrician, recognised for her ground-breaking work with women devastated by obstetric fistula in Africa.

2015.08.11.

PLC question credibility of Amnesty abortion report

Amnesty International’s close links to the pro choice Women on Web organisation raises "very serious questions about Amnesty’s professional judgement".

2015.07.09.

State failed to protect many rights during recession

"It is regrettable that the United Nations Human Rights Committee has consistently criticised Ireland for not expanding the availability of abortion" - PLC barrister.

2015.06.10.

Ban Ki Moon’s role as a bridge builder praised

“Ireland has always been one of the strongest supporters of the United Nations and some 90 Irish soldiers have lost their lives in the quest for worldwide peace.”

2015.05.26.

Church gathers to honour Archbishop Romero

Beatification is not only a fitting tribute to his work, "it is also a powerful message of solidarity to those who continue to put their lives at risk to speak out against injustice".

2015.05.23.

Bishops & philosopher highlight MarRef concerns

"Getting it wrong will almost inevitably further destabilise the family and society; it will pose major problems for legislation," - Bishop MacDaid.

2015.05.19.

UN chief to travel to Tipperary to accept award

“We are honouring Mr Ban for his leadership in mobilising the international community to address climate change, forge a new development agenda.”

2015.05.17.

Govt urged to press EU on persecuted Christians

Persecution is intensifying, Archbishop Neary warns, with ancient Christian communities driven from their lands through ethnic cleaning.

2015.04.30.

Same sex marriages will have ‘right to procreate’

Woman who was the product of 'donor conception' says it is wrong and "should be outlawed by any country which respects human rights".

2015.04.27.

Vatican raises Christian persecution at UN

UN Secretary General, Ban ki-Moon, will meet Pope Francis in the Vatican later this month to issues including climate change.

2015.04.18.
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