What welcome will Ireland give Pope Francis when he visits in August?

Source: BBC News

By Callum May

When Pope Francis visits the Irish Republic, in August, the first papal visit for almost 40 years he will find a country wrestling with its relationship with Catholicism.

Thirty-nine years ago Michael McLoughlin, an accountant from County Tipperary, was beyond excited.


Pope John Paul II was visiting Ireland, and Michael’s church choir had been chosen to sing at a Mass for young people in Galway.

“Whatever your favourite rock gig that you ever wanted to be at in your whole life, this was it,” said Michael. “And you had a backstage pass.”

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