- May 13, 2021
Bishops in Ireland are calling on the government to take the spiritual needs of the population into consideration, noting the country is the only one in Western Europe to continue to ban public worship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ireland’s primate has called on the government to not put commercial interests over the right to worship when it lifts COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
Catholic officials have asked the Irish prime minister to allow people to return to public worship during the Lenten season.
Dublin’s archbishop is warning that Ireland has “become desensitized to knife violence” after a series of stabbings in the country.
As the Catholic Church in Ireland is mired in a historical scandal on the behavior of Catholic religious orders in the running of homes for unwed mothers, Dublin’s new archbishop has praised the role of religious sisters and brothers in Irish society.
Bishop Dermot Farrell of Ossory has been appointed Pope Francis to be the new Archbishop of Dublin, replacing Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.