- May 11, 2021
A coroner in Northern Ireland ruled that a priest and nine lay Catholics who were shot dead by British troops almost 50 years ago were “entirely innocent” and their deaths were unjustified.
Northern Ireland marked what is widely considered to be its centenary on Monday, with Queen Elizabeth II stressing the need for “reconciliation, equality and mutual understanding” as she sent her “warmest good wishes” to its people.
The Irish government said a COVID-19-related ban on Catholics attending Mass will be lifted May 10.
Ireland’s bishops are calling on the government to “act quickly” in resettling refugee children from the Moira refugee camp in Lesbos, Greece.
Religious leaders in Ireland are calling on Irish, British, and Northern Irish politicians to renew their “commitment to peace, reconciliation and the protection of the most vulnerable” in the face of ongoing violence in Northern Ireland.
An Irish bishop claims there is an “unwillingness or inability in Ireland to appreciate the value of religion or spirituality” in Ireland during the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops say they are “deeply concerned” over plans of the London government to force the Northern Ireland Minister of Health to implement “some of the most extreme and liberal abortion services on these islands.”