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Friday 2 June 2023 Dublin: 14°C

# World Meeting of Families

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# Passport Office
Family miss out on meeting the Pope due to passport delays
The Taoiseach said it must be very distressing for the mother and her four children who did not make their flight today.
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# Papal Visit
8km tailbacks, a €76,000 catering bill and a 36-hour visit: the numbers behind Pope Francis' visit to Ireland
The pope’s two-day visit was one of the most widely anticipated events of the year.
# angry feedback
'Pure sectarian hatred' or 'totally biased pro-Catholic coverage': Complaints to RTÉ over papal visit
Documents released show that RTÉ received nearly 1,000 pieces of “feedback” over its coverage.
# World Meeting of Families
Katherine Zappone warned Tánaiste that using State funds for Pope visit 'undermined' work for LGTBI+ rights
An email released under the Freedom of Information Act shows how Zappone had ‘very serious’ concerns ahead of the visit.
# World Meeting of Families
Priests told to have another national collection to help make up €4m deficit in fundraising for Pope visit
Bishop Kevin Doran blamed negative media coverage in the run up to the event for the shortfall.
# world meeting
'A country transformed': How the world's media covered the pope's Irish visit
Correspondents came to Ireland to witness how the Pope would be received.
# Papal Visit
‘Stand For Truth’ crowd marched in silence to remember abuse survivors as Papal Mass took place
Demonstrators held a rally beforehand at Parnell Street in Dublin city centre.
# Papal Visit
Under 130,000 people attend Papal Mass in Phoenix Park
500,000 tickets were distributed for the Mass earlier this summer.
# Phoenix Park
Going to the pope's Mass today? Here's what you need to know
About 500,000 people are expected to attend the event.
Day 1 of pope's visit comes to an end with Croke Park concert
His packed itinerary took in quite a lot today.
# getting around
Your bumper guide to getting around Dublin during the Pope's visit
The scale of closures and diversions are unlike any seen in the city in recent times.
# world meeting
Halligan says Church teaching on homosexuality 'evil' as LGBT issues under spotlight at RDS
Inside the venue, high-profile US Jesuit Fr James Martin said parishes needed to do more to include LGBT Catholics.
# false claims
Leaflets making false link between abortion and cancer on offer at World Meeting of Families
The best-available medical evidence consistently refutes the claims made in the leaflet.
# Holy Show
Pope dolls and stained-glass Skodas: Day 1 at the World Meeting of Families
Catholics from around the world began to gather at the RDS this morning – here’s how it played out.
# big crowds
Three days out from visit, Pope Francis confirmed for parade through Dublin city centre
Gardaí expect 100,000 people to come out to see the Pope in the city centre.
'Choose life': World Meeting of Families to talk homelessness, addiction and the LGBT community today
The event gets under way in earnest at the RDS today, ahead of the Pope’s visit on Saturday.
# Pope Visit
'Young people are the future': Pope issues message to Irish people ahead of visit
He also said he was “excited to return” to Ireland, having lived in Dublin previously.
# Divine Intervention
Diversions, alternate stops and no real-time info: Buses set for disruption during papal visit
Bus Éireann says it is making 800 trips to and from the capital on Sunday
# Your Say
Poll: Does the Pope's letter go far enough?
Yesterday the Pope wrote a letter to all Catholics insisting that “no effort must be spared” to prevent instances of clerical abuse from happening.
# mass appeal
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin: 'The Pope has to speak frankly about our past'
The Archbishop of Dublin was speaking with less than a week to go until Pope Francis visits Ireland.
# Pope Visit
Mascots, bakers, and ironing mammies: here's what the 13,000 papal visit volunteers will be up to
It’s the first time a Pontiff will visit Ireland in over four decades, and thousands are needed to keep the show running.
# Your Say
Poll: Will you attend a World Meeting of Families event?
Or will you be sitting this one out?
# Donald Wuerl
US cardinal facing calls to resign cancels appearance at World Meeting of Families
Donald Wuerl was due to speak on Wednesday.
# Spotlight
'It needs to be more than sorry': Archbishop wants Pope to meet abuse victims during Irish visit
The comments from the Church come ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland next week.
# Pope Visit
Vatican's child protection chair Sean O'Malley withdraws from World Meeting of Families event
He was due to chair a panel on Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults on 24 August.
# Day of Rest
Chairs of the faithful: Commemorative Pope Francis seats go on sale ahead of Phoenix Park mass
The chair, made from 100% recyclable cardboard, can withhold a weight of up to 100kg.
# We Are Church
Catholic LGBT group denied spot at World Meeting decides against protesting Pope's visit
We Are Church Ireland says most of its members are indifferent to the visit.
# rory cowan
'I never gave a damn what the Church thought about me being gay'
Rory Cowan says people who disagree with the Roman Catholic Church’s teachings on gay people should refuse to engage with the institution.
# World Meeting of Families
Nearly 10,000 sign petition calling on pro-LGBT priest to to be disinvited from Dublin papal event
Father James Martin has long advocated the benefits of having LGBT people in the church.
# Papal mass
Extra trains to be put on for Pope's visit to Phoenix Park
Irish Rail has also laid on special services from Westport, Ballina and Athlone to/from Claremorris for the Knock shrine event on Sunday 26 August.
# mass appeal
Mass on the day of the Pope's visit 'a decision for individual parishes'
“Those decisions will be made depending on resources available to them.”
# Papal Visit
Andrea Bocelli confirmed to perform for Pope at Croke Park
Bocelli previously performed for Pope Francis in Philadelphia during the last World Meeting of Families in 2015.
# Papal Visit
Colm O'Gorman: Pope should 'tell the damn truth' about abuse cover-up when he's here
A demonstration of solidarity with those who have been abused is being organised to coincide with the Pope’s visit.
# Tickets please
Tickets for Pope's Mass not sent out because of concerns that too many cars will be coming to Dublin
500,000 tickets were made available for the Phoenix Park mass.
# no response
Another Catholic LGBT group complains requests to be part of Pope's visit ignored
The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics says it feels “completely ignored” by the World Meeting of Families.
# no room at the inn
Catholic LGBT group 'ignored and discriminated against' by organisers of Pope's visit
We Are Church Ireland wanted to have a stand in the RDS for next month’s pastoral congress.
# Big show
Concert for Pope to feature Riverdance, Daniel O'Donnell and 'one of the largest stages ever' in Croke Park
Pope Francis arrives in Ireland on 25 August.
# Nope to the pope
People who are binning tickets to see the Pope are 'wrong, petty and mean-spirited' says Taoiseach
Varadkar added the move was “not legitimate protest”.
# papal attraction
Tickets for the Pope's visit to Knock booked out in just four hours
Francis will visit Ireland for two days in August.
# Praypal
Roamin’ Catholics: How to get a ticket to see the Pope in Dublin or Knock
If you think you can just show up to the Pope’s Mass, think again.