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In pictures: Pro-life Knock vigil for mothers and unborn babies

The Catholic church has strongly criticised the plans and threatened the ex-communication of TDs who voted in favour of the bill.

AROUND 5,000 PEOPLE are believed to have turned out for yesterday’s vigil in Knock, Co Mayo for mothers and their unborn babies.

Cardinal Sean Brady was the chief celebrant at the mass where he urged those in attendance to lobby politicians over the draft abortion bill.

The Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, in line with the Supreme Court verdict in the X Case, includes the threat of suicide as grounds for a legal termination.

The Catholic church has strongly criticised the plans to allow for abortion in limited circumstances and threatened the ex-communication of TDs who voted in favour of the bill.

A man prays at the stations of the cross.

Catholic Church stewards and maidens carry a statue of the Virgin Mary as they lead a rosary procession.

Cardinal Sean Brady responds to a media question regarding the ex-communucation of TDs who vote in favour of the governments legislation.

Pro-Life supporter Diane Scanlan from Kerry at the vigil.

(All images by Eamonn Farrell/Photocall Ireland)

Read: Revealed: The three independent TDs voting against abortion proposals>

More: Flashback: Pro-life and pro-choice campaigners clash in 1992>

Column: I’m a pro-choice TD and I’ve never pretended to be anything else>

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