Breda O’Brien: Maybe Ireland is not secular enough yet

Dazed and bewildered Irish Catholics should look to France and Sweden

Bishop of Stockholm Anders Arborelius, Sweden’s first cardinal, says young people in the country are open and curious about Catholicism.

Bishop of Stockholm Anders Arborelius, Sweden’s first cardinal, says young people in the country are open and curious about Catholicism.

Expectations for the World Meeting of Families must be modest. This is not a full-fledged papal visit, like 1979. Pope Francis is here to attend the world meeting and will visit the Capuchin Day Centre, say the Angelus in Knock and celebrate Mass in the Phoenix Park.

It is a flying visit, so to speak, although no doubt journalists will be panting to get on any planes or helicopters that they can with him, given the pope’s penchant for off-the-cuff remarks once in the air.

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