I was one of those people who was middle of the road. I didn’t really know what happened during an abortion procedure. When Abby described it I just thought how blinded I had been – Ashley Bratcher.
“The pro-life people of Ireland have suffered greatly in recent years, fighting against the culture of death, against misinformation and seemingly against the tide of public opinion,” says Abby Johnson, protagonist.
Among the tens of thousands of Irish who have visited the shrine are President John F Kennedy, Grace Kelly, Brendan Behan and Seamus Heaney.
“In achieving this target, we must all play our part, and I’m proud that the Catholic community has taken a leading role in showing what can be achieved.”
The Church’s concern in this matter is justified as the majority of EU citizens in the EU are Catholic, and safeguarding their rights is a priority for the Catholic Church.
"If you are pro-life and a Students Union president, you will have a hard time in Ireland. Where is freedom of speech?” asks Bishop Phonsie Cullinan.
The friary, which over many years had been the novitiate of the Irish Franciscans, is now an inter-provincial novitiate, with novices coming from Ireland, Great Britain, Germany and Holland.
In 2016 3,265 women travelled from Ireland to England to have an abortion, down from 3,451 in 2015 and 3,735 in 2014. This represents a continual decline in the numbers since 2001, when the number of Irish abortions was 6,673.
Irish newspapers reported on Catholics’ lower incidence of breastfeeding as presented in a new international study published in BMJ Global Health Journal.
Ireland is part of a toxic global tax system servicing the very wealthiest while ordinary people pay the price and lose out on essential public services – Jim Clarken, Oxfam Ireland.
Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland will inject new energy into the process of regenerating the Church, which will be beneficial for the faithful but will also prompt those who are disillusioned to look again and see it as the Church of mercy and caring that Pope Francis wants it to be.
"It is appalling to see the UN Committee on Human Rights pressing for abortion on disability grounds. Surely very sick babies deserve special protection not abortion" - Tracy Harkin.
"The authors of the 1916 Proclamation were men of faith who dreamed dreams of hope for Ireland and for the Irish people," Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
Archbishop Martin tells MacGill Summer School "A democratic political system must not limit the role of citizens to voting in elections and referendums."
“Every other day, there seems to be a new set piece stunt from a different pro-choice group, all with the goal of pushing for more abortion in Ireland.”
Decade of Commemorations presents a vital opportunity for every part of the Church on this island, not only to remember the past, but to create and shape the future.