- Jan 25, 2021
Northern Ireland’s bishops say they “support the unequivocal message” from health officials that public gathering should be minimized due the COVID-19 pandemic and are suspending public celebrations of the Mass for at least one month.
Ireland’s bishops say “safe and effective vaccination is an essential aspect” of COVID-19 prevention and are encouraging Catholics to support vaccination programs, “not only for their own good, but for the protection of life and the health of those who are vulnerable and for the common good of humanity.”
Britain’s government said Monday that it has decided against holding a public inquiry into the murder more than three decades ago of a Belfast attorney who specialized in defending Irish Republican Army suspects.
Northern Ireland’s decision to close churches for two weeks beginning Nov. 27 is a “great disappointment,” according to Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
The UK’s most senior Anglican bishops warned Monday that legislation breaching part of the Brexit divorce agreement the government signed with the European Union will set a “disastrous precedent” and could undermine peace in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland’s Catholic bishops have sent a letter to world leaders including Nancy Pelosi and the U.S. special envoy for Northern Ireland to urge them to use their influence to make sure the Good Friday Agreement isn’t a casualty of Brexit.