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Irish Bishops Provide Pastoral Reflection in Lead-up to Elections

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Irish Bishops Provide Pastoral Reflection in Lead-up to Elections

A Pastoral Reflection by the Catholic Bishops in Northern Ireland on 5 May elections to the Legislative Assembly


Outline of content:








Political participation and the moral duty to vote.




The failure of the last Assembly to reduce childhood poverty and social need.






A call to a new political culture.







Building a pervasive culture of life, care and hope.







Considering the moral consequences of casting a vote.





Encouraging a culture of welcome and hope for all. 





Respect for Religious Freedom and concern for persecuted Christians.







Respect for the Right to Faith-based Education in a genuinely pluralist society.









On caring for our common home.






Support for the family based on marriage between one man and one woman.





Conclusion: A culture of life, care and hope for all.



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