Voters in Ireland pave way for abortion on demand

A woman religious cast her ballot May 25 in Dublin as Ireland held a referendum on its abortion law. Voters went to the polls May 25, and more than 66 percent voted to remove the right to life of the unborn from the country’s constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

DUBLIN — Voters in Ireland have removed the right to life of the unborn from the country's constitution, paving the way for abortion on demand up to 12 weeks.

Results from the nationwide referendum showed that 66.4 percent of citizens opted to remove the Eighth Amendment from the constitution, while 33.6 percent voted to retain it. Turnout was 64.5 percent.

Dublin to host next World Meeting of Families in 2018

Pope Francis greeted Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia Sept. 27. The 2018 World Meeting of Families is to be held in Dublin.

PHILADELPHIA -- Irish pilgrims in Philadelphia shared their excitement after Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, announced the 2018 World Meeting of Families would be held in Dublin.

Irish pilgrim Mary Fitzgibbon's reaction was raw when she spoke with Catholic News Service. She had traveled to Philadelphia with her husband, Michael, and five children, ages 2-14, but had missed Archbishop Paglia's announcement Sept. 27.

Irish students savor a taste of American life

Niall O’Connor, right, and Roberto Munive listened to a presentation on Doctor Strange in an elective class, “Super Heros and Comics and Film,” at De Smet Jesuit High School. O’Connor is one of a number of students visiting schools in the archdiocese from their school, Coláiste Ailigh, an Irish-language secondary school in County Donegal, Ireland.

On a cultural field trip for the exchange students from Ireland, Father Francis Hein had an intermediate stop between St. Louis Priory High School and the Missouri Botanical Gardens.

So, after an all-school Mass bright and early one morning, the guys piled into a van, meandered four miles south on South Mason Road, turned right onto Manchester Road then took a quick right into the parking lot of their destination -- Dunkin Donuts.

Yes, Dunkin Donuts.

Ireland's pro-lifers vow to repeal new abortion law

DUBLIN -- Irish pro-life campaigners vowed to work to repeal a new law that permits abortion in limited circumstances.

President Michael D. Higgins signed the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill July 30 after tense parliamentary debates, during which several legislators resigned.

A day earlier, the president exercised his constitutional prerogative by calling a meeting of the Council of State to advise on whether he should sign the law or refer it to the country's Supreme Court to test the constitutionality of the bill.

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