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Eucharistic Congress: 80,000 pilgrims gather in Croke Park for closing Mass

Enda Kenny and Michael D Higgins joined the crowds at Croke Park today for the closing Mass.
Jun 17th 2012, 7:11 PM 10,545 73

ABOUT 80,000 PILGRIMS packed into Croke Park stadium in Dublin today for the closing Mass of the 50th International Eucharistic Congress.

Among the attendees were Taoiseach Enda Kenny and President Michael D Higgins.

A rare video message from Pope Benedict XVI was broadcast, while the homily was delivered by his special envoy to the congress Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

The Mass brought to a close the eight-day celebration which Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said “awakened in our hearts something which went way beyond our plans and expectations”.

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