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The party had pledged to legalise the practice in the province without mentioning the Northern Ireland Assembly

‘Where do your candidates stand on the future of EU citizens in the UK and reciprocal rights for UK citizens in the EU?’ the bishops ask.

Around four per cent of people who claim to be non-religious even say they pray daily

The decision is ‘disloyal, outrageous and unacceptable’, Br Rene Stockman said

In a pastoral letter, the bishop addresses the crisis in vocations, calling on the faithful to do all they can to pray for more priests

Gay rights group Stonewall also welcomed the booklet, but denied direct involvement

The party has yet to clarify whether it would implement the change during a period of direct rule, or whether it would impose it on a sitting Northern Ireland Assembly

Irish society is being ‘hugely impacted by secularisation,’ Archbishop Eamon Martin said

Turnout was high among Catholic voters, with nearly four in five saying they intended to vote

Critics say the document fails to adequately explain Church teaching on sexuality