Museum waxes lyrical about effect of pope’s visit to Ireland

Museum waxes lyrical about effect of pope’s visit to Ireland

National Wax Museum Plus general manager Ed Coleman said everyone wanted a selfie with Pope Francis.

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Pope blamed for drop in Dublin Zoo visitor numbers

Pope blamed for drop in Dublin Zoo visitor numbers

Dublin Zoo has blamed Pope Francis for causing a drop of almost 100,000 in visitor numbers this year.

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Pope Francis blamed for fall in visitors to Dublin Zoo

Pope Francis blamed for fall in visitors to Dublin Zoo

The pontiff ‘pulled the rug a little bit,’ says director Leo Oosterweghel.

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PAC to review spend on luxury toilets for papal visit

PAC to review spend on luxury toilets for papal visit

The Government spent more than €1m on “luxury toilets” for high-ranking guests, portaloos, and a marquee as part of a €15m spending spree for the August visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

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Church appeals for donations to plug €4m debt from World Meeting of Families

Church appeals for donations to plug €4m debt from World Meeting of Families

The Catholic Church is appealing for more donations from parishioners to help plug a €4m debt left over from staging the World Meeting of Families (WMOF).

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Papal crowd - What a change

Papal crowd - What a change

Though the size of the congregation at the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park some weeks ago was always in dispute, it is certain that it was far smaller than the Catholic hierarchy and traditionalists had hoped for.

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Readers' Blog: The Catholic Church was given far too much power

Readers' Blog: The Catholic Church was given far too much power

On your letter column on August 28, Patrick Dalton wrote of us being collectively responsible for the society we live in – going on to say, “who said stop when families handed over their ‘fallen’ daughters to institutions? Who said stop when the State broke up struggling families and put their children into care? Who said stop when Irish priests, brothers and nuns abused these citizens?”

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34% felt positive about Pope's recent visit, survey says

34% felt positive about Pope's recent visit, survey says

Expensive, welcoming, conflicted, old-fashioned and positivity are the top five words associated with the recent visit of Pope Francis.

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Technology 'destroying' young people's lives, says Brother Kevin Crowley

Technology 'destroying' young people's lives, says Brother Kevin Crowley

Technology is taking over young people’s lives and contributing to the disintegration of the family unit, a respected Capuchin Brother from Cork has warned.

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Second Skoda car used by Pope Francis donated to Foyle Search and Rescue in Derry

Second Skoda car used by Pope Francis donated to Foyle Search and Rescue in Derry

Foyle Search and Rescue was set up in 1993 by local people in Derry in response to the high number of drownings in the River Foyle.

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Arlene Foster: It was my decision not to send anyone from DUP to papal visit

Arlene Foster: It was my decision not to send anyone from DUP to papal visit

The party leader denied she had vetoed the attendance of a colleague at the Pope’s appearance at Dublin Castle.

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Rain and scandal failed to dampen the spirits and devotion of the faithful

Rain and scandal failed to dampen the spirits and devotion of the faithful

For one section of Ireland the Papal visit was their chance to come together and affirm what they believe in, notwithstanding the wrongs done to so many, writes Michael Clifford in Phoenix Park

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Latest: Call for Vatican to pay for Tuam site 'nothing more than a publicity stunt', say survivors

Latest: Call for Vatican to pay for Tuam site 'nothing more than a publicity stunt', say survivors

The Tuam Home Survivors Network has savaged the appeal to the Pope by Children's Minister Katherine Zappone for funds for the Mother and Baby Home site, calling it "nothing more than a publicity stunt".

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Majority of public think Pope did not do enough during visit to address clerical abuse

Majority of public think Pope did not do enough during visit to address clerical abuse

A majority of Irish people say that the Pope did not go far enough when he addressed clerical abuse during his Irish visit.

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Soldiers exposed to drug waste while guarding Phoenix Park during Papal visit

Soldiers exposed to drug waste while guarding Phoenix Park during Papal visit

An association representing enlisted soldiers in the army has expressed its concern that troops were exposed to disused hypodermic needles while they were safeguarding Pope Francis at the Phoenix Park.

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Archbishop Eamon Martin: Pope has ‘really taken lead’ over clerical child sex abuse

Archbishop Eamon Martin: Pope has ‘really taken lead’ over clerical child sex abuse

The Primate of All Ireland has said the ultimate proof of the Pope’s success in his visit to Ireland will be whether “decisive” action is taken to increase accountability over clerical child sex abuse.

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Zappone urges church to ‘make reparation’ for Tuam

Zappone urges church to ‘make reparation’ for Tuam

The Church must accept responsibility and make reparation for its part in mother and baby homes which were a very shameful chapter of Irish history, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone told the Pope.

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Readers' Blog: We are to blame for decades of clerical abuse

Readers' Blog: We are to blame for decades of clerical abuse

I am delighted that in the end, we have found the culprit for all the abuse of children and women that has occurred in our country.

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Pope is between rock and hard place

Pope is between rock and hard place

Francis is criticised as both too open to change and not being open enough, writes Dan Buckley

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Government must put money where its mouth is to cleanse 'stains on our State'

Government must put money where its mouth is to cleanse 'stains on our State'

“Magdalene laundries, mother and baby homes, industrial schools, illegal adoptions, and clerical child abuse are stains on our State, our society, and also the Catholic Church. Wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors,” said Leo Varadkar.

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Pope’s Skoda to be used to help Dublin homeless

Pope’s Skoda to be used to help Dublin homeless

It will be given to the social care agency of the Catholic church in Dublin, Crosscare.

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Zappone to Pope Francis: Church should contribute substantially to Tuam reparations

Zappone to Pope Francis: Church should contribute substantially to Tuam reparations

Minister Katherine Zappone has shared what she said to Pope Francis when she met him outside Áras an Uachtaran on Saturday.

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Rain can't quench spirit as pilgrims flock to see Pope Francis in Knock

Rain can't quench spirit as pilgrims flock to see Pope Francis in Knock

What everyone really wanted though was for Francis to arrive, and when he did, a roar went up as a giant TV screen showed him stepping on board the Pope Mobile.

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200,000 turn out for Phoenix Park mass - less than half the number expected

200,000 turn out for Phoenix Park mass - less than half the number expected

It is estimated that around 200,000 people turned out at the Phoenix Park yesterday for the Papal Mass.

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Pope to study Tuam report; Response to clerical abuse criticised by survivors

Pope to study Tuam report; Response to clerical abuse criticised by survivors

The Pope is to study a report into the Tuam mother and baby home given to him on his Irish visit.

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Public act of contrition helps to clear the air for a festival of the faithful

Public act of contrition helps to clear the air for a festival of the faithful

It was all a bit last-minute but Pope Francis had something important to do before saying Mass in the Phoenix Park. He had to go to confession.

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Pope Francis asks forgiveness for abuse and cover-up

Pope Francis asks forgiveness for abuse and cover-up

The Pope has asked for forgiveness for the crimes of Church figures in Ireland as he laid bare a litany of abuse and mistreatment meted out to victims.

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Pope pays tribute to dignity of the homeless

Pope pays tribute to dignity of the homeless

The Pope has paid tribute to the dignity of the homeless as he kissed a baby at a day centre in Dublin.

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Pope Francis ‘knew of abuse claims’ in 2013, alleges former Vatican official

Pope Francis ‘knew of abuse claims’ in 2013, alleges former Vatican official

A former top Vatican official has accused Pope Francis of having known of allegations of sex abuse by a prominent US cardinal for five years before accepting his resignation last month and he called on the pontiff to resign.

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Survivor: Pope seemed unaware of details of clerical abuses

Survivor: Pope seemed unaware of details of clerical abuses

Pope Francis appeared to be unaware of the details of abuse suffered by many Irish victims at the hands of Catholic clerics, according to one of the survivors who met him in Dublin on Saturday.

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A weekend of Mayo miracles and spiritual selfies

A weekend of Mayo miracles and spiritual selfies

In Mayo, they’re still praying for a miracle — or, at least, the end of a curse.

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Apologies from the Pope simply not enough

Apologies from the Pope simply not enough

Sometimes sorry is simply not enough.

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Crowds for Phoenix Park Mass fall well below expected level

Crowds for Phoenix Park Mass fall well below expected level

Some infirm people faced harsh weather conditions while some protesters were believed to have obtained tickets with no intention of attending.

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Thousands take to Dublin streets in protest over Pope visit

Thousands take to Dublin streets in protest over Pope visit

Among those were Co Offaly man William Gorry, who came to the event dressed as a priest.

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Pope leaves Ireland with vow to pursue justice for abuse victims

Pope leaves Ireland with vow to pursue justice for abuse victims

As his plea for forgiveness rang out around Phoenix Park on Sunday afternoon, elsewhere in Dublin abuse survivors and campaigners protested the visit.

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Hundreds taking part in vigil call for exhumation of remains of babies at Tuam

Hundreds taking part in vigil call for exhumation of remains of babies at Tuam

A large crowd has gathered for a silent vigil in Co Galway to coincide with the Papal mass in Dublin.

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Papal visit sights and sounds: Pope Francis has left Ireland

Papal visit sights and sounds: Pope Francis has left Ireland

Pope Francis has boarded his flight home to Rome after a world wind two-day visit to our shores.

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Pope asks for forgiveness for abuses committed by church members

Pope asks for forgiveness for abuses committed by church members

Francis was applauded by a large crowd at Phoenix Park in Dublin during Mass.

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Update: Stand4Truth protesters walk to last Magdalene Laundry to close in Ireland to hold rally

Update: Stand4Truth protesters walk to last Magdalene Laundry to close in Ireland to hold rally

A solidarity march for victims of clerical abuse will take place today to coincide with Pope Francis' Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

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Wet weather fails to dampen spirits of Papal Mass pilgrims

Wet weather fails to dampen spirits of Papal Mass pilgrims

Many visitors said they wanted to show young people that faith is strong in Ireland, and to set an example for younger generations.

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Pope sends ‘warm greeting to the beloved people of Northern Ireland’

Pope sends ‘warm greeting to the beloved people of Northern Ireland’

Catholics in Northern Ireland were left disappointed when the details of the Pope’s visit revealed he was not going to travel north.

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In Pictures: Thousands brave rain to see Pope visit Knock Shrine

In Pictures: Thousands brave rain to see Pope visit Knock Shrine

Francis flew to the west of Ireland to visit the holy shrine of Knock.

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Pope begs God’s forgiveness for ‘scandal and betrayal felt by so many’

Pope begs God’s forgiveness for ‘scandal and betrayal felt by so many’

Francis said the crimes committed by members of the church had left an ‘open wound’.

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The history of the Knock Shrine

The history of the Knock Shrine

A manager at the shrine explains the meaning behind the pilgrimage site.

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In Pictures: The Pope's first day in Ireland

In Pictures: The Pope's first day in Ireland

The pontiff was cheered by thousands as he got in his Popemobile for a drive through Dublin.

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Pope the star attraction as 82,500 pack Croke Park for Festival of Families

Pope the star attraction as 82,500 pack Croke Park for Festival of Families

Irish dancing, music, choirs and testimonies from families featured.

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Church abuse survivors welcome ‘cordial’ meeting with Pope Francis

Church abuse survivors welcome ‘cordial’ meeting with Pope Francis

The pontiff spent 90 minutes with survivors at the Papal Nuncio’s residence.

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Papal visit latest: 'You go into an orbit. This is dangerous' - Pope Francis warns of social media threat

Papal visit latest: 'You go into an orbit. This is dangerous' - Pope Francis warns of social media threat

Pope Francis has warned people of the threat social media poses to relationships.

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Pope Francis 'was genuinely shocked' during private meeting with clerical sex abuse victims

Pope Francis 'was genuinely shocked' during private meeting with clerical sex abuse victims

On the first day of his historic visit to Ireland, the pontiff also prayed for all victims of clerical sex abuse.

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Hen and stag parties join crowds for Pope visit

Hen and stag parties join crowds for Pope visit

Many tourists were unaware the pontiff was in Dublin on the same weekend as their own visit.

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Pope pays tribute to dignity of homeless at Dublin centre

Pope pays tribute to dignity of homeless at Dublin centre

The Capuchin religious order runs a lifeline service for those without shelter and in need of food and infant supplies.

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'He will do good in the church' - Couple married 51 years encouraged by meeting with Pope Francis

'He will do good in the church' - Couple married 51 years encouraged by meeting with Pope Francis

The last time a pope was in Ireland, Vincent Gamble, 77, was helping out as a steward in the Phoenix Park while his wife, Teresa, 75, was at home expecting the couple's fifth child, a little girl who was born a week later.

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Pope prays for victims of sex abuse during Ireland visit

Pope prays for victims of sex abuse during Ireland visit

His visit to the Pro-Cathedral this afternoon came ahead of a drive through the city in the Pope Mobile.

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Taoiseach: Time to build a new relationship between Church and State in Ireland

Taoiseach: Time to build a new relationship between Church and State in Ireland

Leo Varadkar also said he hopes the pontiff’s visit will bring a new chapter in the relationship between Ireland and the church.

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Colm O'Gorman: Pope's comments on clerical abuse a 'shameful deflection of responsibility'

Colm O'Gorman: Pope's comments on clerical abuse a 'shameful deflection of responsibility'

Prominent campaigner Colm O'Gorman has said the Pope's comments on the failure of the church to tackle clerical abuse in Ireland was a "shameful deflection of responsibility".

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In pictures: Pope Francis arrives in Ireland visiting Áras and Dublin Castle

In pictures: Pope Francis arrives in Ireland visiting Áras and Dublin Castle

Pope Francis has begun his historic two-day visit to Ireland.

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Toons Bridge Mozzarella and soda bread: Pope to sample Irish fare on flight back to Rome

Toons Bridge Mozzarella and soda bread: Pope to sample Irish fare on flight back to Rome

Airline Aer Lingus will provide a traditional Irish menu on flight EI2408 from Dublin tomorrow evening.

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