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Head of Ireland’s Catholic Church apologises to survivors of mother and baby homes

BBC, 13 Jan 2021
The head of the Irish Catholic Church has unreservedly apologised to the survivors of church-run homes for unmarried women and their children.

It follows the publication of an inquiry into the homes, which also acted as orphanages and adoption centres. It reveals deprivation, appalling abuse and shocking levels of infant mortality. Around 9,000 infants died in the homes between the 1920s and 1990s.

Archbishop Eamon Martin said “the Church was clearly part of that culture in which people were frequently stigmatised, judged and rejected.”

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting by Ireland correspondent Chris Page.

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