Ireland - Research Article from Encyclopedia of Religious Practices

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Ireland

POPULATION 3,883,159
ROMAN CATHOLIC 90 percent
ANGLICAN (CHURCH OF IRELAND) 2.7 percent
PRESBYTERIAN 0.75 percent
METHODIST 0.13 percent
JEWISH, MUSLIM, AND OTHER 6.42 percent

Ireland

Country Overview

For centuries the Roman Catholic peasantry suffered religious prosecution by the British. A new constitution in 1937, however, ended the power of the British crown and made Roman Catholicism the established religion. This caused some southern Protestants to flee to the six northern counties (Northern Ireland), where they would not be a minority, and some northern Catholics migrated south. Friction still exists in Northern Ireland between Roman Catholics who want to join the republic and Protestants who wish to remain part of the United Kingdom.

Major Religion

History

Catholicism reputedly arrived in Ireland with its first bishop, Saint Patrick, in 432 C.E. In fact, Patrick was the successor to Palladius, an emissary from the Gaulish church, who died shortly after his arrival in Ireland. Pre-Christian practices and...

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