Ten ways the Pope's visit can help us examine our national history and psyche

The Pope’s visit next year is an opportunity for us to clear out the last of the old shadows

4th December, 2016
Pope Francis iwill visit these shores n 2018 Pic: Getty

Enda Kenny’s extraordinary Cloyne speech in 2011, though flawed, marked an official end to an era of deference to the Catholic Church. So the visit of Pope Francis in 2018 will not be triumphalist - but should we expect contrition? As we once did with the Brits, we now like to blame the Church for our historical ills. But the reality is more complex. The papal visit is a chance to examine some of the...

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