"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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
The Irish bishops have warned that if the Eighth Amendment is repealed, legislation the government plans to introduce would make Ireland one of the most liberal abortion regimes in Europe.