On the final day of Pope John Paul the Second's historic visit to Ireland, he was once again surrounded by thousands of followers at every stop in his busy schedule.
On the final day of Pope John Paul the Second's historic visit to Ireland, he was once again surrounded by thousands of followers at every stop in his busy schedule. During his address at an open-air mass on Limerick race-course, the Pope repeated his call for an end to the violence in Northern Ireland. He has consistently condemned bloodshed and sectarian feuding, but in his Limerick speech he asked for understanding for the many young people caught up in the Irish troubles.
SYNOPSIS: Earlier in the day of Pope visited St. Patrick's College in Maynooth, just outside Dublin. There, nearly 10,000 priests have been ordained, and it is from where missionaries have spread the Christian Faith throughout the world. It gave the Pope an opportunity to meet the new generation of priesthood and perhaps put force behind his renewed commands for celibacy. He received a rousing reception.
But the Pope only for a short while, because his busy schedule pressed him to bis departure for the United States.
At Shannon Airport the Pope blessed the crowds, one last time.
As with all the best Irish celebrations, no one really wanted to leave, and there was another round of vigorous handshakes and waving.
There's no doubt the Pope has instilled new life in the Irish Church, whether it will heal the divisions within the whole Christian Faith in all of Ireland remains to be seen.