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Irish MEPs were very excited about the Pope's visit this morning

Pope Francis has made a speech in the European Parliament this morning

Image: MEP-MartinaAnderson/Twitter

POPE FRANCIS HAS delivered a historic address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg today.

The Pope complained that Europe is viewed by the world as “somewhat elderly and haggard” in a speech to MEPs earlier. 

He was speaking on what is the first trip by a Pontiff to the European Parliament in more than 25 years. But he did not hold back in his criticism saying that the continent has become “less and less a protagonist” in the world.

He also called for a “united response” to the deaths of thousands of migrants by drowning as they seek to get into Europe. He said that the Mediterranean cannot be allowed “to become a vast cemetery” .

Irish MEPs were particularly excited about the Pope’s arrival in the French city and were doing plenty of tweeting earlier…

Some noted security was pretty tight:

Others noted a big welcome:

There was some tweeting about the speech:

There was a selfie of course:

And then there was the obligatory standing ovation for “the world’s most humble man”:

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