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Catholic primate calls for Northern Irish school closures, but DUP says ‘No’.

"It is important to give very strong consideration to the closure of all schools in the very near future. We need to fight this virus together," said Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.03.15.

Bishop William Crean on Church, society and politics at book launch

We seem to be embracing in the name of tolerance and diversity an illiberal liberalism whereby for ideological reasons we stifle expressions of identity and culture – Bishop William Crean.

2020.02.07.

Church leaders pay tribute to Seamus Mallon

“A person of global stature" who gave his gifts unselfishly and tirelessly to serve the betterment of the whole community on this island, north and south: Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2020.01.25.

Primate calls for a rebuilding of trust in the wake of GE2019

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people and parties of different political perspectives “to progress peace", tackle poverty and homelessness, tackle the pressure on hospitals and schools, and "to promote a culture of life.”

2019.12.14.

“Farmers are good stewards of the landscape”

Climate scientist Professor John Sweeney says agro companies that are not supplying farmers with adequate recompense for their produce should be shamed not farmers.

2019.12.07.

Taoiseach and ACP express support for Fr Oliver O’Reilly

Cavan parish priest offered "moral leadership in a difficult time” through his homily following the kidnapping and assault on Kevin Lunney, a director of Quinn Industrial Holdings.

2019.11.19.

ACP leader hits out at the “demonisation of Catholicism” by Leo Varadkar

“Priests in Ireland have more than most borne the heat of the day.”

2019.07.17.

Outcry forces Taoiseach to apologise over sinning priest remark

Clonmel parish priest told Leo Varadkar that he personally found the comment “extremely offensive and derogatory” and he urged him to retract it.

2019.07.05.

Prayers for Lyra McKee at Way of the Cross in the Phoenix Park

"Violence is always a blind alley that only leads to further violence."

2019.04.20.

Killing of journalist saddens community but strengthens peace resolve

“This is a strong community that will put pressure on those who have brought violence into the community.”

2019.04.20.

Archbishop outlines major challenges for the Irish Church

In Limerick address, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin questions the lack of progress in developing a new covenant between Church and State and also calls for “a radical new look at the formation of future priests”.

2019.03.20.

New Irish overseas development aid policy welcomed by Trócaire

Overseas development aid spending by the Irish government needs to increase by €115 million a year if it is to reach the UN spending target of 0.7 per cent of Gross National Income by 2030.

2019.03.01.

Primate appeals to politicians to work together as Brexit looms

“I would ask this question: we are only seven or eight weeks from the proposed date of exit. I wonder are we really thinking enough about the impact on people on the ground?”

2019.01.29.

Abortion is “a huge moral mistake which this country will live to regret”

Archbishop Eamon Martin urges people to continue to witness to the fact that there are two lives worthy of protection.

2018.12.25.

“Sad day for human rights” as Eighth Amendment deleted

“In accordance with Article 46 of the Constitution, President Higgins today signed the Thirty-Sixth Amendment of the Constitution Bill 2018, and it has accordingly become law.”

2018.09.19.

Acknowledge rather than defend errors of the past: Bishop McKeown

Bishop of Derry tells pilgrims at National Padre Pio Pilgrimage in Knock, “It is a dangerous form of Christianity that believes we have to be a strong and influential organisation giving the lying impression of being pure and perfect.”

2018.09.18.

Abuse survivors describe meeting with Pope as “very powerful”

“I cannot fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education.” - Pope Francis

2018.08.26.

WMoF not fazed by “Nope to the Pope” campaign

“We are working hard to make the World Meeting of Families 2018 a joyful and welcoming event for all those attending.”

2018.06.29.

Pro life dismay at Cabinet backing for repeal of Eighth Amendment

“In the coming weeks, it will become clear that the government’s proposal would lead to abortion on demand if voted for in the referendum” – Dr Ruth Cullen.

2018.01.30.

Eighth Amendment is a beacon of hope thirty-four years on

“When you meet a son or daughter who was nearly aborted, you’re not meeting a ‘choice’. You’re meeting a child with the same potential and right to be alive as you or me,” says Cora Sherlock from the Pro Life Campaign.

2017.09.08.

Primate cautions against “disrespect for life” in rush to repeal 8th

“I think there is a huge groundswell for the protection of life.”

2017.07.11.

Church support for lifting ban on gay blood donors

“It is very important that no group should be discriminated against being able to give organs or indeed to give blood,” Archbishop Eamon Martin.

2015.03.11.

Exclusion of pro-life views from NI debate criticised

Primate warns the Church will mount a “robust defence” of the right to life of mothers and unborn babies diagnosed with fatal foetal abnormalities.

2015.01.12.
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