POPE Francis has lamented how Irish church authorities failed to respond to the crimes of sexual abuse, speaking during his first public appearance at the Vatican after accusations that he himself covered up for a former US cardinal.
On the 29th of September 1979 I enthusiastically and excitedly jumped onto a wreck of a bus commissioned by the then Chaplin to the St Francis Youth Group and headed to Galway in the middle of the night.
JUDGING by yesterday's scenes in Phoenix Park, Pope Francis will have learnt that two stereotypes about the Irish are true: we love our tea, which was in plentiful supply, and our weather is terrible, even in August.
WHATEVER happened during Pope Francis's visit to Ireland, it was always destined to be measured against John Paul II's celebrated 1979 trip, with the subtext that it would inevitably be a negative comparison. Following a deeply venerated figure like John Paul...