Zappone: Church Should Pay For Mass Graves

David Layde
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The Minister for Children has urged the Pope to act to address the legacy of the mass grave at Tuam mother and baby home in Co. Galway.

The government has told the Catholic church it should contribute substantially to the cost of addressing the legacy of a mass grave at a former mother and baby’s home in Ireland

Between 1925 and 1961 around 800 infants were buried in a septic tank at the home for unmarried mothers.

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The minister raised the issue with the pontiff on Saturday and today released the contents of a letter she gave him.

Minister Katherine Zappone said:

‘It was a “shameful” chapter in Irish history and the church must take real action, quickly and unconditionally, to make reparation to those who lived at its Tuam residence in Co Galway.’