Pope Francis in Ireland: Words of welcome from Archbishop Martin, Primate of Ireland
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Below are the words of welcome given by His Excellence Mons. Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, at the opening of the Holy Mass at the conclusion of the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland:
Thirty-nine years ago, over a million Irish people gathered around this Cross for the Mass celebrated by your predecessor Pope Saint John Paul. It was an historical moment.
It is commonplace to say that today you come to a different Ireland. The Church in Ireland has gone through challenging times. People have been wounded in the depth of their being