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“Every human life is unique” – Archbishop of Dublin

“We gather here this afternoon to reflect and to pray.  We gather to reflect on the gift and on the meaning of human life.  We pray for the fostering in our society and in our nation of a new culture of life.  We gather as disciples of Jesus Christ convinced of the power of prayer. 


Archbishop Martin records choose life appeal and prayer

Archbishop Eamon Martin has recorded a powerful and direct appeal on EWTN for the Irish people to choose life and for the faithful to pray that abortion legislation will not be voted in. In a second recording he asks people to join with him as he prays the Choose Life prayer. You can view both recordings on


Abortion law passes second stage vote

The Pro Life Campaign said it is disappointed at the result of the Second Stage vote on abortion in the Dáil but welcomed the fact that an initial four Fine Gael TDs voted against the bill. The Dail the first vote on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill saw 138 TDs vote for the


Cardinal raises concerns about proposed abortion legislation

Cardinal Seán Brady raises legal and Constitutional concerns about the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 I am conscious that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, is entering the final stages of the legislative process in the Oireachtas.  In addition to the fundamental ethical concerns already raised by Bishops and others, this Bill


Creighton speaks out against proposed abortion laws

In her statement on the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 Second Stage, Minister Lucinda Creighton T.D. yesterday (1st July 2013) said that she never imagined when she stood for election to Dáil Éireann that she would find herself, just two years later, speaking on a Government sponsored Bill to liberalise abortion law in


Ex DPP proposes AG as advocate for unborn

A former Director of Public Prosecutions has asserted that the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013 may be inconsistent with the Constitutional clause which recognises the right to life of the unborn and the equal right to life of the mother and promises to “defend and vindicate that right”. Under the new act, a


First Irish symposium on Ratzinger’s theology

The first ever symposium on Joseph Ratzinger’s theology to be held in Ireland took place in Maynooth this weekend and brought together former students of the pope emeritus as well as speakers from Ireland, Poland and Germany. ‘The Dynamism of Ratzinger’s Theology’ was held at the Divine Word Missionaries’ house in Co Kildare and was organised


Strong support for free vote on abortion: poll

More than 80 per cent of voters would prefer to see the abortion issue resolved by referendum than by the politicians in Leinster House, and 70 per cent believe that if legislators are to decide the issue they should be allowed a free vote. These are the findings of a poll released yesterday by the


Pastoral Letter in defence of unborn human life by Bishop of Cork & Ross

Very Reverend and Dear Father, The Government is proposing to introduce legislation for the first time in Irish history which will provide for the direct and intentional ending of the life of innocent human beings.  Few other actions of a Government undermine our values as a people more profoundly. It is always gravely wrong to


Bishops ask faithful to pray with Pope for coming of ‘Gospel of Life’

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have asked the faithful in parishes all over the country to join Pope Francis this weekend in praying in support of the “Gospel of Life”.  Celebrating the encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae, Pope Francis will join in the special event entitled, ‘Believing, May They Have Life’ which begins today.  The initiative is


PLC dispute IT abortion poll findings

The Pro Life Campaign has questioned the results of a survey on abortion published in yesterdays’ Irish Times, which showed 75% in favour of abortion, with just 14% against. The sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over,  were asked the question “The government has published the heads of a Bill to legislate for the


Bishop’s statement – A time to uphold the right to life

We are at a defining moment for our country, according to Catholic Bishops who issued a statement on the proposed abortion laws on the second day of the June General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth. “The Gospel challenges us to work for a world in which the dignity and beauty of


Well over 40,000 people attend National Vigil for Life

The Government must stop misrepresenting its proposed abortion legislation as restrictive and face up to the dangers in its abortion plan, Pro Life Campaign spokesperson Caroline Simons told the National Vigil for Life this afternoon. The Vigil in Merrion Square was the largest ever pro-life demonstration in the country and one of the biggest gatherings


Forget the chores, down tools, take a bus and support life says PLC

This may be the last opportunity to protest before legislation is introduced to allow abortion, and organisers of the Pro Life vigil today, have appealed to the public to “drop” what they are doing, and join them at Merrion Square this afternoon, to register their opposition to the government’s abortion proposals. “This is the time


“From the moment of conception, every human life is sacred and precious” – Bishop John Kirby

Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (Lk 1:42) Last Friday was the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady.  It commemorated her trip to the Hill Country in Judaea to greet her cousin Elizabeth who, though getting on in years, was expecting a child, who was to become

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