Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

AP issues massive correction on Ireland child burial story

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 24, 2014 / 12:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Associated Press has retracted key claims from its reports of an Irish Catholic home for unwed mothers supposedly burying hundreds of unbaptized infants in a septic tank.

A correction is…

Commentator Dismisses ‘Crazed Claims’ About Ireland Child Burials

By CNA/EWTN NEWS | DUBLIN, Ireland — Distorted claims about the burials of hundreds of children who died at an Irish home for unwed mothers show a trend of “exaggerations and myths” about injustices in the country’s Catholic pa…

Irish archbishop welcomes investigation of child burials

Dublin, Ireland, Jun 6, 2014 / 04:53 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid disputed reports concerning the burials of nearly 800 children at a Catholic unwed mother home in Ireland over a 36-year period in the mid-20th century, the local archbishop has said he is …

More than 130 pro-life candidates elected in Ireland after ‘Vote Pro-Life’ drive

by LifeSiteNews staff DUBLAND, Ireland, May 28, 2014 ( – Sixty-five percent of the 200 pro-life candidates identified by the Life Institute for Election 2014 went on to win seats in the local Irish elections, a result described by the organization as “very positive and hugely significant for Election 2016.” …

Statement of Irish Catholic Bishops on European Parliament and Local Council Elections 2014

Ireland’s bishops released the following statement May 18 ahead of European Parliament and local council elections to take place in Northern Ireland on 22 May, and in the Republic on 23 May. ***
· The Christian vision of the dignity of the human person is one in which the European Union finds its values reflect…

Vocation is ‘never static,’ reflects newly appointed Irish bishop

Dublin, Ireland, May 14, 2014 / 12:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Kevin Doran, whom Pope Francis appointed Bishop of Elphin, Ireland, on May 14 has emphasized that one’s personal vocation must be discerned daily, in faithfulness to God who calls …

False piety only underlines what Enda Kenny’s Abortion Party has done to Ireland

by Niamh Ui Bhriain Three weeks before a major Irish election, the Irish Taoiseach, or Prime Minister, Enda Kenny, popped over to Rome to attend the canonisation of Saint John Paul II. He then flew back to Ireland to make a big media splash about the invitation he had given to Pope Francis to visit Ireland. This was…

Ireland’s invite to Pope could signal defrosting relations

Vatican City, May 7, 2014 / 02:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- After years of tension, news that Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has invited Pope Francis to visit the country may be a sign that relations between the Holy See and Ireland are returning to normal.

Within just months of the re-opening of Ireland’s Vatican embassy, Prime Minister Kenny announced the invitation to the Pope at a press conference held at the Irish College in Rome April 27.
According to the Irish times, the Prime Minister said he told Pope Francis that his papacy had brought about “an extraordinary difference to the perception of the Catholic Church,” and that in Ireland now there is “a clearer and healthier relationship between Church and State.”
Ireland’s government announced on Jan. 21 the re-opening of its embassy to the Holy See in Rome, which had been closed in November of 2011 due to what was claimed to be economic reasons.
The decision to close the embassy at the time, and thus not have a resident diplomat, came after years of friction between Holy See and Ireland especially with regard to local sex abuse scandals.

On May 6, Emma Madigan – who previously served as assistant chief of protocol at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – was announced as the country’s new Vatican ambassador.

The closure of the Irish embassy to the Holy See has been seen in the context of a deterioration in relations between Rome and Dublin since the publication of the Murphy Report in November 2009, but Pope Francis’ efforts seem to have brought to the forefront the Vatican’s diplomatic efforts.

“The Church has moved to deal with the many problems of the legacy, the scars of the sex abuse crisis,” Prime Minister Kelly said. “The Pope has made it clear that he expects the future of the Church not to be based solely on these issues but rather on poverty and human rights, social justice and social equality and he has brought an extraordinary energy to those areas since his election to the papacy.”
A. Alexander Stummvoll, a postdoctoral fellow for the Millennium Nucleus for the Study of States and Democracy in Latin America, told CNA April 28 that issues such as “mercy, social justice, and solidarity” appear to be the “emerging priorities” of Pope Francis’ pontificate.

Stummvoll noted that this “may have been decisive in leading the Irish government to re-open its embassy to the Vatican, and also to ‘normalize’ the relations between the two states.”

The Irish foreign affairs department has lauded the re-opening of the country’s embassy to the Holy See, saying the move will “enable Ireland to engage directly with the leadership of Pope Francis on the issues of poverty eradication, hunger, and human rights.”

Cardinal Brady’s Thanksgiving for Canonization of Saint-Popes

Pilgrims from Ireland in Rome for the Canonisation of Blessed Popes John XXIII and John Paul II gave thanks to God at a special Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated this afternoon by Cardinal Seán Brady, archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland. Cardinal Brady was the chief celebrant at the Mass which was conc…

Dana Rosemary Scallon: from Eurovision starlet to pro-life activist (VIDEO)

by Peter Baklinski DROGHED, Ireland, March 21, 2014 ( – She was young, beautiful, talented, and confident. The 19-year-old had just won the prestigious Eurovision Song Contest that launched her into immediate fame, an exploding pop career, and the promise of every success. Forty-four years ago to…

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