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Two kids from Cork to be confirmed by... Pope Francis

Emily Mulcahy and Edmond Roche (both 12) were chosen from the diocese of Cloyne to be confirmed by the Pope in St Peter’s Square.

Edmond Roche (in white) with his family and the Bishop of CLoyne and Father Aquin Casey of Fermoy
Edmond Roche (in white) with his family and the Bishop of CLoyne and Father Aquin Casey of Fermoy
Image: Catholic Communications Office

SCHOOLCHILDREN MAKING THEIR confirmation are often the centre of attention, but this Sunday is going to be a bigger day than expected for two Cork children.

The two 12-year-olds from the diocese of Cloyne will travel to the Vatican where they will be confirmed by Pope Francis.

Emily Mulcahy from Cobh and Edmond Roche from Fermoy were chosen after the diocese was asked to send one boy and one girl to be confirmed in a ceremony in St Peter’s Square.

Emily said she was both shocked and delighted at being chosen. The sixth-class student has been an altar server at her local church for the past two years. Edmond, who is also an altar server, said he was “absolutely thrilled” to be going to Rome.

The confirmation ceremony involves people affirming their religious beliefs and being admitted as a full member of the church.

“Personally I am delighted that they will be confirmed by Pope Francis, who is making such a wonderful impression on the world,” said Bishop William Crean of Cloyne. “It is a fantastic opportunity for Emily and Edmond to be confirmed by our new Holy Father at this important stage in their lives.”

The diocese of Cloyne was the subject of a major report which found senior church figures had failed  to deal with allegations of clerical child sex abuse allegations over the period of more than a decade. William Crean took over as bishop for the parish late last year.

Emily Mulcahy (and dog)

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