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Reflection of Bishop William Crean on the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland

It was wonderful to have Pope Francis among us.  By his presence we were put in touch with a man of exceptional faith, courage and humility.  We witnessed his sense of joy and celebration with the “family of families” that is the Church.

On the other hand, we witnessed also his contrition and sorrow for the survivors of abuse.  He showed his openness to further practical actions that will ensure accountability for failure of those in leadership.

Though his visit was brief in terms of time it was deep in terms of impact.  He left us with a renewed sense of the blessings of our Christian faith while knowing the continuing need for repentance and renewal.

We continue to keep him and his ministry to the world in our prayer.

– Bishop William Crean

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