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Papal nuncio, archbishop underline pro-life message to Ireland

June 03, 2013

“Let us stand with the Lord of life and promote his Gospel of Life in our society,” said Archbishop Charles Brown, the apostolic nuncio in Ireland, as he spoke to participants in a Eucharistic procession on the feast of Corpus Christi.

The archbishop’s words were widely interpreted as a reflection on the current debate in Ireland over legislation that would allow for legal abortion. The papal nuncio left little doubt about his intention when he said: “But allow me to ask you to pray to the Lord for a special intention today, that He will keep Ireland a pro-life country where mothers and their unborn children are safe and protected.”

Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam delivered a similar address on the same day, saying: “The pro-life issue is not a question of politics and some, in an attempt to confuse, have presented concerns about the proposed abortion legislation in a simplistic and superficial way as Church versus State.”


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