We ourselves are responsible for the lack of trust in the Church. I don’t think that a 36-hour visit by Pope Francis is going to hugely repair that

We ourselves are responsible for the lack of trust in the Church. I don’t think that a 36-hour visit by Pope Francis is going to hugely repair that
Archbishop Eamon Martin: feels Pope Francis will inspire those who have drifted away from the faith Picture: Presseye

Primate of All Ireland Archbishop Eamon Martin reflects on what message the visiting pontiff might bring, to the Irish bishops and to the nation: ‘Does he want to encourage us? To chastise us?’

Bishops will be “challenged” and maybe even “chastised” by Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland next week to “get [their] act together” and reach out to members, according to the leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland.

As he prepares for the visit of Pope Francis to an Ireland where Catholicism has struggled to find its voice against recent constitutional and social change, Archbishop Eamon Martin said he was optimistic about the future role...

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