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20:01  27 august  2018
20:01  27 august  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Church -run homes in Ireland housed orphans, unmarried pregnant women and their babies for most of the 20th century. The institutions have been subject to intense Investigators later found a mass grave containing remains of babies and young children in an underground sewage structure on the grounds

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People hold up names of children as they gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, during the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Survivors of one of Ireland's wretched mother and baby homes were to hold their own demonstration Sunday. The location is Tuam, site of a mass grave of hundreds of babies who died at a church-run home. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)© The Associated Press People hold up names of children as they gather to protest at the site of the former Tuam home for unmarried mothers in County Galway, during the visit to Ireland by Pope Francis, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018. Survivors of one of Ireland's wretched mother and baby homes were to hold their own demonstration Sunday. The location is Tuam, site of a mass grave of hundreds of babies who died at a church-run home. (Niall Carson/PA via AP)

LONDON — An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church "should contribute substantially" to funding reparations for survivors of a former church-run orphanage where a mass grave of children's remains was discovered.

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Church -run homes in Ireland housed orphans, unmarried pregnant women and their babies for most of the 20th century. The institutions have been subject to intense public scrutiny since a local historian in 2014 tracked down death certificates for nearly 800 children who died at the former Bon Secours

LONDON (AP) — An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church "should contribute substantially" to funding reparations for survivors of a former church -run orphanage where a mass grave of children's remains was discovered.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone raised the issue with the pope on Saturday during his weekend visit to Ireland. On Monday, Zappone released her remarks to Francis and a letter she gave him laying out background for the monetary appeal.

Church-run homes in Ireland housed orphans, unmarried pregnant women and their babies for most of the 20th century. The institutions have been subject to intense public scrutiny since a local historian in 2014 tracked down death certificates for nearly 800 children who died at the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway — but could only find a burial record for one child.

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LONDON — An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church “should contribute substantially” to funding reparations for survivors of a former church -run orphanage where a mass grave of children’s remains was discovered.

In Ireland , mass baby burials sparked outrage, and the country's Children's Minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church should contribute funds to help make reparations to survivors of a former church -run orphanage where a mass grave was found.

Investigators later found a mass grave containing remains of babies and young children in an underground sewage structure on the grounds of the home, which was run by an order of Catholic nuns and closed in 1961. DNA analysis of some remains last year showed the dead ranged from 35 weeks to 3-years-old and most were buried in the 1950s.

"It is my strong conviction that given the role of the church in this shameful chapter of recent Irish history it must play a practical role in addressing the hurt and damage," Zappone wrote. "I believe that the church should contribute substantially to the cost of whatever option is decided by the government....Nothing less will demonstrate remorse."

Hundreds of protesters marched through the town of Tuam on Sunday, reciting the names of the 796 babies and young children who died while residents of the home. They placed hundreds of pairs of infant shoes around a tiny white coffin at the burial site.

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An Irish government Cabinet minister has told Pope Francis that the Catholic Church "should contribute substantially" to funding reparations for survivors of a former church -run orphanage where a mass grave of children's remains was discovered .

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Responding to a question about the Tuam home Sunday, Francis said he accepted Zappone's lament as "constructive collaboration" and that he would read a memo she prepared for him on the government's investigation.

Francis met Saturday with some adult adoptees who were forcibly taken from their unwed biological mothers at birth. They urged him to denounce the practice, demand an apology from the religious sisters responsible and assure the mothers they could search now for their lost children without fear of sin.

During a prayer Sunday in Knock, the country's main shrine dedicated to Christ's mother located not far from Tuam, the pope denounced how Irish children were "robbed of their innocence and taken from their mothers" during Ireland's years of forced adoptions.

Some survivors also want to exhume the children's remains to give them a proper church burial.

"There was little compassion shown to children and their mothers in this home," Zappone wrote. "We cannot change what happened to them. For the little ones whose remains are in a sewage system, we owe them dignity in death. For their mothers, siblings and families, we need to give them some peace."

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A mass grave containing the remains of babies and children has been discovered at a former Excavations at the site of the former Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway “First, the houses were built, around that area. Finally a playground was built on part of the burial

Media captionTuam babies excavation will be forensic, says minister. The remains of children buried in unmarked graves at a former mother and baby home in Ms Corless established that although there were death certificates for 796 infants, no burial records existed, which raised fears of a mass grave.

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