- John L. Allen Jr.
- Aug 25, 2018
A panel at the World Meeting of Families on Friday took up the impact of imprisonment on family members, which is intensely real for those in the situation.
As the countdown to Pope Francis’s arrival in Ireland on Saturday goes on, a sampling of sights and sounds from the World Meeting of Families, including Crux being banned from a rival counter-event.
On the clerical sexual abuse scandals, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna, Austria, says the Church has had to learn the truth of Jesus’ saying in the Gospel: “The truth will set you free.”
Although it’s a sheer fantasy, the presence of both left and right-wing angry populists in Dublin this week ahead of the World Meeting of Families beckons the question of what might happen if they joined forces.
The Irish media is abuzz with speculation about whether Pope Francis will or won’t meet sexual abuse survivors on his 32-hour visit next weekend, but the real question may be what happens if he does.
Spending time in Belfast this week, it’s hard to grasp how decades of bloody conflict could have broken out here given that everyone in the city seems determined to win a “World’s Nicest Person” award.