Pope Francis has Saturday foot on the ground, put on Irish soil. During his two-day visit, he will under more victims of sexual abuse by clergy to meet. The pope hopes the confidence of the ever so devout Irish in the church to restore.
The pope was Saturday morning at the Dublin airport welcomed by archbishop Diarmuid Martin and Foreign Affairs minister Simon Coveney. He began his visit to Ireland – the first in 40 years time – with a meeting with the Irish president, Michael D. Higgins.
Afterwards, draws Francis to Dublin Castle, for an interview with prime minister Leo Varadkar and leaders of other Irish churches. There would be the pope’s first speech. There are about 100,000 people are expected to when the pope Saturday afternoon in the pausmobiel through the streets of Dublin will be driving.
Prime minister wants pope hard to tackle sexual abuse
“The catholic church is certainly still part of our society, but she is not in the center like 40 years ago’, was Varadkar, the first homosexual prime minister of the country, clearly. This year, the Irish people in a referendum for the legalization of abortion, was previously the same-sex marriage approved.
Many Irish catholics are, in addition, their confidence in the church lost after the Church in the past few years misbruikschandalen in the country are not consistently managed. They are accusing the Vatican, even of the facts to cover up. “Our relationship with the church is fundamentally changed by the many revelations of sexual abuse’, says Varadkar, who promised the pope a hard tackle on the solutions of the church.
On Monday the pope had himself, in a letter addressed to the 1.3 billion catholics worldwide, and admitted that the Church victims of abuse long ignored.
Francis will travel to Knock, a pilgrimage site in the west of Ireland, that every year 1.5 million pilgrims welcomes. At the end of his visit the pope is a wrong proposal in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, where his previous visit in 1979, a large cross was erected.
The 500,000 places for the wrong were quickly away. An unknown number of tickets was however reserved by the taking notes ‘Say Nope To The Pope. That is called in order to order tickets and not use them.