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Bishop encourages viewers to participate in daily Mass on RTÉ

The Bishop of Raphoe has encouraged viewers to participate in daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ. His call came as recent figures showed that daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ had an average television audience of 34,600. The broadcast is a response to the Covid-19 related...

Archdiocese to livestream display Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday

With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop of Turin has announced a special online exposition of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus. On Holy Saturday, 11th April, as...

Charity to ask court for release of immigration detainees in face of Covid-19

A charity that supports people held in immigration centres will ask the High Court to order the immediate release of all detainees with underlying health problems in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic.

Detention Action claims a “significant proportion” of the roughly 1,500 people held in immigration detention have serious underlying health conditions which leave them facing “a significant risk of serious harm or death”.

The group also argues that “significant numbers of detainees will no longer be detainable because widespread travel restrictions prevent removals from taking place”, rendering their detention unlawful.

At a hearing in London later today, its lawyers will ask for the release of “every detainee with a diagnosis of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cancer or chronic kidney disease” pending a full trial, unless the Home Office can demonstrate “a clear overriding public protection concern”.

Detention Action says that, if its application is refused, “significant numbers of immigration detainees will die or suffer very severe illness”.

The case is thought to be the first Covid-19-related case heard in the courts of England and Wales.

Picture: UK Visas and Immigration stands on a window of a Visa Application Centre. (Jens Kalaene/DPA/PA).

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Bishop encourages viewers to participate in daily Mass on RTÉ

The Bishop of Raphoe has encouraged viewers to participate in daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ. His call came as recent figures showed that daily Mass broadcast by RTÉ had an average television audience of 34,600. The broadcast is a response to the Covid-19 related...

Archdiocese to livestream display Shroud of Turin on Holy Saturday

With people forced to stay home, even during Holy Week, because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishop of Turin has announced a special online exposition of the Shroud of Turin, which many believe is the burial cloth of Jesus. On Holy Saturday, 11th April, as...