Archbishop urges prayer ahead of same-sex marriage vote

Archbishop Eamon Martin is visiting the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France this week.
Archbishop Eamon Martin is visiting the Marian shrine at Lourdes in France this week.

Archbishop Eamon Martin has called for prayers ahead of the referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland.

Preaching this morning at a Mass celebrated at the Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in southern France, the Derry-born Catholic Primate of Ireland said: “I would like to ask you to remember a special intention with me this year at Lourdes.

“In the coming days, the people of Ireland will be asked to vote in a referendum which will change the meaning of marriage and family in the Constitution of Ireland.

“The Bishops of Ireland are clear that they cannot support this amendment and they have asked the people of Ireland to reflect and pray very carefully before voting.”

The referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland is due to take place on May 22.