In August, Pope Francis made a two-day trip to Ireland. It was the first papal visit in almost 40 years. During his visit, he met with the Irish President Michael Higgins and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, as well as with eight people who suffered sexual abuse by representatives of the Catholic Church. He also said a Mass at Phoenix Park in Dublin. A crowd of 300,000 people – smaller than expected – attended his mass while some thousands of people demonstrated against clerical sexual abuse in the city centre. In an address during the service’s penitential rite, Pope Francis asked forgiveness for the “abuses in Ireland, abuses of power, conscience and sexual abuses” perpetrated by Church leaders. His visit took place a few days after a child sexual abuse scandal involving hundreds of Catholic priests in the US state of Pennsylvania made the headlines.
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