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Pakistani families denied visas to Ireland for World Meeting of Families

LAHORE (UCAN): Catholics in Pakistan are reeling after the Irish government denied them visas to attend the upcoming August 21 to 26 World Meeting of Families in Dublin.
 
About 10,000 families applied from all over the country. All were refused visas.
 

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Brexit could complicate Good Friday Agreement says Irish bishop

DUBLIN (CNS): April 10 marked the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, which finally brought peace to Northern Ireland. The peace deal effectively brought an end to The Troubles, which had cast a sectarian shadow over region for three decades and resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500 people, the majority of whom were civilians.
 

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An Irish celebration on Chinese soil

HONG KONG (SE): The Irish community of Hong Kong celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in grand style, beginning with a two-day crafts and culture exhibition on March 10 and 11 at the Comix Homebase in Wan Chai followed by the St. Patrick’s Festival Parade through the streets of Tamar on March 12.

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Jesuit in Hong Kong awarded Freedom of the City of Dublin

HONG KONG (SE): As the sole surviving child of the 14 people who were executed before a firing squad for their role in what is known as the Easter Uprising in Ireland in 1916, Jesuit Father Joseph Mallin was awarded Honorary Freedom of the City of Dublin at a private ceremony at Wah Yan College in Wan Chai on the evening of March 21.

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When news reporting becomes a witch hunt

 

HONG KONG (SE): One of the most widely published incidents involving the Catholic Church in recent days has been the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar in a hospital in Galway, Ireland.

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Irish bishops defend the country’s laws on abortion

 

DUBLIN (CNS): In the face of anger and criticism, the bishops of Ireland have expressed their anguish and sorrow over the death of a woman who died in childbirth on October 28 at the University Hospital of Galway.

In an official statement released on November 19, the bishops said that any pregnant women should receive all treatment necessary to save their lives, even if the procedure results in the unintended death of an unborn child.

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