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The Bishop of Dromore was criticised in a recent BBC report

The Diocese of Down and Connor also warned against distributing the Precious Blood during Communion

She acknowledged Northern Ireland is ‘definitely under pressure to change its pro-life laws’

On abortion, gender, marriage and sex education, the Tories sound ever more authoritarian

There is a ‘reasonable probability’ 100,000 lives have been saved by Northern Ireland’s abortion laws

Fr Philip Mulryne earned 27 caps for Northern Ireland, and also played for Norwich City, Cardiff City and Leyton Orient

The government agreed to the measure to head off defeat in the Queen’s Speech

Fr Paddy O’Kane said shorter homilies might encourage families to come back to church

In their election advice, the bishops said Westminster politicians should be sensitive to the impact of Brexit on Northern Ireland

Fr Paddy O’Kane said many children never return to Mass the following Sunday