Two weeks ago, Fr Patrick McCafferty told his Belfast congregation that Pope Francis should not come to Ireland because he should instead be dealing with the Catholic Church's unfolding abuse crisis. But then he was invited to be part of a group of abuse survivors who would meet the Pope. He tells William Scholes about the encounter
As the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families continues this week, Christians from other denominations are watching closely - and also looking forward to what Pope Francis has to say, writes Church of Ireland minister Canon Ian Ellis
REMEMBER the nursery rhyme, "Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary, How does your garden grow?"? Well, it came into my head last week when I read that Mary McAleese, formerly of this parish, described the teachings of the Catholic Church on homosexuality as evil.
CLERICAL sexual abuse, secularisation and the role of women in the Church are themes with particular resonances in Ireland that Pope Francis should address during his visit to the World Meeting of Families next weekend, according to a leading Vatican commentator.
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