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Northern Ireland: prelates discuss poverty, abortion with political leaders

April 20, 2016

Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland, led a delegation of bishops and laity that met recently with the leaders of Northern Ireland’s two most popular political parties.

Archbishop Martin said that “the shocking increase in levels of childhood poverty” was among the topics discussed.

Referring to services to the poor, he added that “we highlighted the need to respect the right of faith-based groups to provide these services in accordance with their particular religious ethos and values,”

Nicola Brady, a lay member of the delegation, said that “we emphasized to both parties the importance of consistent support for a culture of life, beginning with the commitment to the protection of the life of the unborn child, including those with life-limiting conditions.”

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