DUBLIN, Ireland — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops told all their congregations Sunday that it is a "sin" to lend support of any kind to the outlawed Irish Republican Army, which one week earlier killed 11 Protestants with a bomb in Northern Ireland.
All across the independent Irish Republic and British-run Northern Ireland, churchgoers remembered the 11 civilians who died in the bomb blast at Enniskillen, a predominately Protestant border town.
Radio, television and bus services throughout the republic halted for one minute of silence in the evening in memory of victims of the bomb, which exploded during a Remembrance Sunday service for war dead. Sixty-three people were injured.
In three parish churches in the Catholic ghettos of Belfast, Northern Ireland's capital, groups of parishioners stalked out as priests read the bishops' message from the pulpit.