The Pope has flown back to Rome after a two-day visit to Dublin and Knock dominated by the legacy of church abuse scandals.
Speaking in Knock yesterday, has described the child abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic church as ‘an open wound.’
Addressing an attendance of tens of thousands at the Marian Shrine at Knock yesterday, he said young people who suffered abuse were ‘robbed of their innocence and left scarred by painful memories.’
The acknowledgement was well received:
The Bishop of Elphin says that the Pope’s visit to Knock has strengthened local communities.
Bishop Kevin Doran says that a papal visit is rare for most communities.
He told Ocean FM News that this weekend’s events are historic for people in the west of Ireland:
These people who were in Knock yesterday were delighted with the experience of seeing the Pope: