The Papal visit: Reaction & analysis


Will Scholes boards the papal flight

William Scholes: Not every day you meet Pope

I can't believe he prefers southern Tayto cheese and onion crisps

Popemobile donated to Derry charity

Skoda Rapid given to volunteers of Foyle Search and Rescue

Some north of the border left to ask 'Why haven't you come to see us?'

Patrick Murphy: Pope's visit another missed opportunity

What was needed was an indication that the Church itself will change

Deaglán de Bréadún: Church must learn from its decline

The island of Ireland is a very different place nowadays

By the end of this week, I shall be in Lourdes too

John Monaghan: A day to remember for thousands

This was a 'Catholic' event in the literal sense of the word

Seamus McKinney: Joy in Knock

Emotion overflowed with some unable to hide their tears as the Pope passed

He stressed throughout that he was here to listen

Sky blunder with Daniel O'Donnell graphics

Broadcaster also headlined visit as 'Pope in England'

Deaglán de Bréadún: Nothing new on abuse

The verdict would have to be: 'Could do better'

The Papal visit: Day two


Pope Francis ended his historic visit to Ireland by seeking forgiveness

Crowds for Phoenix Park Mass below expected

The Mass rounded off a week dominated by the legacy of abuse scandals

Protests held as Pope Francis celebrates Mass

Thousands turned out and heard: "We have a right to be angry"

"I don't know a country that would put 796 babies in a disused sewage tank"

Francis asks for forgiveness over abuse

Pope said the church hierarchy had been guilty of cover-ups

Mayo GAA fans hope Pope will end'curse'

Team has lost eight All-Ireland finals since 1951

"I pray that all of Christ's followers will support continuing efforts to advance the peace"

Pope in Knock: Ponchos, tea and a birthday treat

"You know what keeps me young? Vitamin G - G for God"

Francis addresses 'open wound' of church abuse

"I ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for the healing of the survivors"

The Papal visit: Day one


The Pope addressed 80,000 in Dublin at the World Meeting of Families

Abuse survivors welcome 'cordial' meeting

"The Pope lifted his hands to his head in shock"

Belfast couple 'asked Pope to pray for peace'

The couple said Pope Francis asked them to pray for him too

"I have been to Rome twice and never got a glimpse of him"

Francis prays for victims of clerical abuse

Pope expressed shame at church failure to tackle abuse

Taoiseach urges Pope to listen to abuse victims

Leo Varadkar said "wounds are still open" as he welcomed Francis to Ireland

"The Pope now needs to stand up to the plate and do something for the survivors"

President tells of abuse anger

Michael D Higgins raised issue of clerical abuse in Pope meeting

Pope begins visit to Ireland

Francis arrived in Dublin to start 36-hour trip to Republic