Irish president apologizes to women sent to Magdalene laundries

President Michael Higgins of Ireland described the treatment of women and children in state-controlled institutions managed by the Catholic Church as a "deep stain on Ireland's past."

On Pentecost, Irish bishops urge a 'no' vote on abortion referendum

Irish bishops used Pentecost Sunday Masses to make a final appeal for people to reject a government proposal to remove the right to life of unborn children from the country's constitution and pave the way for abortion up to 12 weeks' gestation.

Irish bishop resigns after criticism of his treatment of abusive priest

An Irish bishop, John McAreavey of Dromore, resigned March 1 after increased criticism over how he dealt with revelations of an abusive priest.

Irish government to hold referendum on right to life of mother, child

The Irish government announced it will hold a referendum in late May asking citizens whether they want to retain or delete the constitutional article that provides for the equal right to life of the mother and her unborn child "with due regard to the equal right to life of the mother."