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"Problems arising from severe financial hardship, unemployment and emigration, domestic violence, neglect and other forms of abuse, infidelity" are current issues for Irish families, bishops say.
Irish bishops have come in for sharp criticism after deciding they will not publish the results of the Vatican survey on the family.
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An European Court of Human Rights ruling may force the Irish government to provide education outside of schools run by the Roman Catholic Church.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin welcomed an Irish government decision to reopen a Vatican Embassy just over three years after closing it.
Foreign Affairs Minister Eamon Gilmore announced Tuesday that Ireland was preparing to open a scaled-back embassy but gave no date for the reopening.
Gilmore came under sharp criticism in November 2011 when he announced that the embassy would close and a diplomat based in Dublin would represent Ireland at the Vatican.