The following statement was issued on July 3, 2020, by The Council for Life, an initiative of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, chaired by Bishop Kevin Doran.  The Council’s objective is to promote the Church’s teaching on the dignity and value of every human life from conception to a natural end.  The role of the Council is to advise and advocate for the Church in Ireland on a consistent ethic of life and care for those most at risk.

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In recent months Ireland has experienced the traumatic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has touched every sector of society.  While many people have suffered emotionally and economically, we think immediately of those who have died, 1,735 people as of 30 June.  Each one was a unique human being, created in the image of God, and each one’s death is being grieved by a family, a friend, a community.

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