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Reflecting on Pope Francis’ visit to WMOF in Ireland


By Ann Marie Foley -

A day of rich celebration for the Catholic faithful. We were very proud of our Catholic identity together – Portlaoise parish.

Waiting for Pope Francis before final Mass. Pic by Ann Marie Foley

Pope Francis has stated that his visit to Ireland brought great joy, but also “pain and bitterness for the suffering” caused by various forms of abuse by members of the Church, and the fact that “ecclesiastical authorities in the past have not always been able to deal appropriately with these crimes”.

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