Pope arrives in transformed Ireland as abuse crises rage

Abuse survivor wants local Catholic Church to 'name names'

The Pope has been urged by the taoiseach to use his "office and influence" to bring about justice for victims and survivors of clerical abuse.

Irish Prime Leo Varadkar, who past year became the country's first gay leader, told Francis that the wounds of clerical child abuse that stained the Irish state were still open and there was much to be done to bring about justice and healing for victims.

Francis urged the Irish to do just that, to recognize that for all its failings, the Catholic Church has educated and cared for generations of Irish children in times of starvation and great poverty, when no one else would.

Colm O'Gorman, who is leading a solidarity rally on Sunday in Dublin for abuse victims, said Francis's remarks about sharing the shame felt by Catholics were an "insult to faithful Catholics, who have no reason to feel shame because of the crimes of the Vatican and the institutional church".

Earlier this month, the Vatican was rocked by a devastating U.S. report accused more than 300 priests in Pennsylvania state of abusing more than 1,000 children since the 1950s.

Pope Francis said he shared in the "shame and pain" of the Catholic Church's "failure" to deal with years of sexual abuse scandals as he began a historic two-day visit to Ireland on Saturday.

The first substantive stop on his itinerary is a meeting with President Michael D Higgins at his official residence in Phoenix Park later on Saturday morning. But Benedict never acknowledged the Vatican's role in fueling a culture of cover-up, and Francis provided no new details of any measures he would take to sanction bishops who fail to protect their flocks from predator priests.

"The failure of ecclesiastical authorities - bishops, religious superiors, priests and others - adequately to address these repellent crimes has rightly given rise to outrage, and remains a source of pain and shame for the Catholic community". "I myself share these sentiments".

Pope Francis will also pray for abuse victims before a candle in St Mary's cathedral in Dublin on Saturday.

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Supporters wait to see Pope Francis outside Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dublin.

Weekend of mixed emotions -for many; excitement, for others; feelings of hurt.

Irish abuse survivor and advocate Marie Collins, who resigned in frustration from O'Malley's board a year ago, told the safeguarding panel that if Francis claims to be on the side of victims, the Catholic Church should no longer lobby to block the ability of victims to sue and prosecute abusers after the statute of limitations expires.

The pope is scheduled to return to Rome late Sunday night.

The Catholic Church has been vilified in Ireland after 9,000 reported cases of child abuse by priests - and for a past in which 30,000 single mothers were locked away in Catholic-run institutions.

Pope Francis during a tree planting ceremony with President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins (2nd R) and his wife Sabina Coyne (R) at Aras an Uachtarain on August 25, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland.

Francis is visiting Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, a once-every-three-years gathering intended by the Vatican to strengthen family bonds.

The papal visit, the first to the Irish Republic for 39 years, coincides with the World Meeting of Families.

More than 37,000 people - a lot of them young Catholics - signed up to attend a Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families that started in Dublin on Tuesday and runs through Sunday, more than twice the number as for the last family rally held in Philadelphia three years ago.

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