The new bishop of Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora delivered a strongly pro-life message at his installation Mass yesterday, expressing concern that "human life from its tiniest origins" might be forgotten.
Galway-native Bishop Brendan Kelly was chosen by Pope Francis to lead the diocese last December.
At his installation, in a reference to the forthcoming referendum on the Eighth Amendment he highlighted the plight of lives "in their weakness and innocence" which are under threat.
Addressing a packed Galway Cathedral on World Day of the Sick, Dr Kelly stressed the "immense dignity, respect and reverence that is due to every living person, regardless of ability, health, colour, size, nationality or otherwise".
Speaking to the Irish Independent after the ceremony, the bishop said he would be preaching the Gospel of Life in his diocese ahead of the referendum.