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Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church’s failure to adequately address the “repellent crimes” of sex abuse by clergy.
He spoke after Irish Prime Minister (Taoiseach) Leo Varadkar said the failures of the Church, the state and wider society had created a “bitter and broken heritage for so many, leaving a legacy of pain and suffering”
At the end the two parted good friends
Pope Francis arrived in Dublin Saturday, August 25 where he was given an official welcome as the Irish capital hosts the World Meeting of Families.
This year’s World Meeting of Families is expected to see the highest attendance ever recorded.
Established 24 years ago by Pope John Paul II, the congress takes place once every three years.
The Dublin event is the second that Pope Francis has attended during his papacy and marks the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years.
Crowds are expected to be big but not as large as the last Papal visit. A lot has happened, in particular, child abuse scandals, new laws on abortion and gay marriage. Irish public want to hear that Pope Francis is going to take action of the child abuse issues.
The Pope arrives at Dublin airport 10.30am where he will be met by officials. He then heads for Aras an Uachtarain and Dublin Castle.
Ireland was once a deeply Catholic and religious country. But has undergone a social revolution in the four decades since the last papal visit.
A lot has happened, in particular, child abuse scandals, new laws on abortion and gay marriage. Irish public want to hear that Pope Francis is going to take action of the child abuse issues.
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