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Holy Land Coordination 2021 Final Communiqué

Please see below a press release from the Holy Land Coordination Group, which includes Bishop Noel Treanor and Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ.  The Holy Land Coordination Group usually meets and travels to the Holy Land every January with a focus on prayer, pilgrimage and persuasion.  Its aim is to act in solidarity with the Christian […]

Letter from Archbishop Kieran O’Reilly to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Cashel and Emly

Dear Friends, I write to you all at a very difficult moment in time for our country. Firstly, the Covid-19 pandemic has brought death, pain and suffering to many families in our diocese and country. I wish to express my deep sadness and solidarity with all those affected by the pandemic. We have also seen […]

Homily of Archbishop-elect Dermot Farrell

The publication of the Report into Mother and Baby Homes has helped shed light on what happened to vulnerable women and their children within the walls of those homes and beyond. This Report holds a mirror to aspects of our past which are difficult and distressing, and we can no longer shy away from some […]

Frozen hearts in Church, Society and State at heart of Mother and Baby Homes failure – Bishop Brendan Leahy

Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that the “frozen heart” that so many women found before, during and after their time in Mother and Baby Homes was a dreadful failure of Church, Society and State. In his weekend homily, which was streamed from St. John’s Cathedral today, Bishop Leahy said that those who should […]

Statement by Bishop Paul Dempsey on the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I am conscious as I write these words that I have no idea, nor can I even imagine what it must have been like for a young girl in Ireland to have become pregnant outside of marriage just a few decades ago.  So many were abandoned by their families, their communities, their parishes, their priests, […]

Statement by Bishop Fintan Monahan on the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes 

I welcome the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.  I hope that the report will be of some help to the survivors of the many institutions involved and, that in revealing the truth, it will begin a process of healing.   Many thanks to all who contributed to […]

Statement by Archbishop-elect of Dublin Dermot Farrell on the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome the publication of the report into the Mother and Baby Homes. This report, and those like it, which explore our painful past make for extremely disturbing reading. They reveal deep wounds, and bring to light the profound injustices perpetrated against the vulnerable in our society over a long period of time – against […]

Statement by Bishop Tom Deenihan on the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

Yesterday’s publication of the report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes in our country casts  a necessary light into a painful episode in our social history.  This report covers two such institutions in the Diocese of Meath, one in Castlepollard, Co. Westmeath and one in Dunboyne, Co. Meath.  What I have […]

Statement by Archbishop Michael Neary on the publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome the publication by the Minister for Children of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes.  The Report contents are a cause for shame as we are confronted in our very recent history with the scandalous way in which vulnerable women and children in our society were deprived of care […]

Statement of Bishop Fintan Gavin on the Publication of the Report of the Commission of Investigation into Mother and Baby Homes

I welcome the publication of the report of the Mother and Baby Homes Commission of Investigation. The report describes a very sad chapter in our Irish History.  Through a culture of fear, judgement and secrecy, women who were pregnant felt isolated and abandoned and had nowhere to turn but to these institutions.  As I read […]

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