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Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceJuly 31, 2020
Canadian Cardinal Michael Czerny: “We had to be as shocked and stuck” during lockdown before “our eyes began to open.”
Tourists in Dublin walk with face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus on March 15, 2020. With all St. Patrick's Day parades and events canceled due to restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus pandemic, most bishops and priests celebrated St. Patrick's Day Masses via webcam or parish radio. (CNS photo/Lorraine O'Sullivan, Reuters)
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Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceMarch 17, 2020
"The strength of a culture is seen, not when things are going well, but when crisis strikes," Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry said March 17 in his St. Patrick's Day homily in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
Faith News
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceSeptember 03, 2019
On Sept. 1, Bishop Francis Duffy of Ardagh announced to a packed basilica that the church had officially recognized 68-year-old Carroll's healing.
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Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceAugust 16, 2019
While on a visit to the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said that the church must be "prudent and not rush" to any judgment concerning the apparitions at Medjugorje.
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Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceJanuary 03, 2019
Women who worked in Ireland's "Magdalene laundries" but were denied compensation under the state's Magdalene Restorative Justice program have won their long-running battle to have their applications reassessed.
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Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceNovember 02, 2018
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warned there was "a danger of complacency or inertia or of slippage into false confidence" in the church's fight against clerical abuse.
Faith News
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceAugust 24, 2018
At the World Meeting of Families, Father Martin said LGBT people should be invited into parish ministries as "eucharistic ministers, music ministers, lectors, bereavement ministry, and every ministry."
Faith News
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceAugust 23, 2018
In a wide-ranging news conference that touched on clerical sex abuse, the role of women in the church and LGBT issues, Cardinal Kevin Farrell said the fundamental message of the Gospel was the same for all of God's creation.
Politics & Society News
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceMay 16, 2018
The Irish bishops have warned that if the Eighth Amendment is repealed, legislation the government plans to introduce would make Ireland one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe. 
Politics & Society Dispatches
Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic News ServiceApril 03, 2018
The United Kingdom's decision to leave the European Union could complicate life for Ireland, north and south of the border.