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People with Down's Syndrome and their families demonstrate outside the Houses of Parliament in London (PA)

The prime minister said ‘ethical issues’ must be taken into account

Northern Irish pro-life campaigners at a protest in 2012 (PA)

Elections to Northern Ireland’s power-sharing assembly take place on Thursday

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Cardinal Nichols said abortion could never be a ‘right in conscience’ because it destroys an innocent human life

Fr Daniel Berrigan on NBC-TV’'s “Today” show, 1981 (AP)

Fr Berrigan, who emerged in the 1960s as a leader of the anti-war movement, became a household name for his political activism

Archbishop Eamon Martin is  Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland (PA)

The bishops have released a pastoral document ahead of next week’s elections

Gov Phil Bryant (AP)

Gov Phil Bryant has signed into law the Unborn Child Protection From Dismemberment Abortion Act

Cardinal Dolan (CNS)

The Archbishop of New York says new drug guidelines will open ‘an ever-widening door to abortion’

A group of Polish bishops gather pictured in 2013 (AP)

The bishops have called for the permanent ban to mark Poland’s conversion to Christianity

Jeremy Irons (AP)

Abortion is a sin, says Jeremy Irons

The actor discussed the Catholic Church in an interview with the Guardian

US Vice President Joe Biden (AP)

Notre Dame’s recent history shows what happens when a supposedly Catholic university puts academic prestige above its religious ethos