Pope Francis Arrives in Ireland

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Today, Pope Francis arrived in Ireland.

The Pope marked the first papal visit in 39 years by acknowledged that Church authorities failed to adequately address “repugnant” clerical child abuse crimes there, and said that that remains a source of shame for the Catholic community.

The last pope to visit Ireland was Pope John Paul II in 1979.

Pope Francis will meet with victims of sexual abuse by clergy in Ireland, where the traditional Roman Catholic Church forum: the 2018 World Family Meeting of Meeting opens.

He will also visit Knock, a small village that receives pilgrims every year and he’ll finish his visit in Phoenix Park, Dublin.

The official welcome ceremony takes place in the presidential palace, where the Pope will leave immediately after arrival and is combined with a courtesy visit to Ireland’s president Michael D. Higgins, Vatican News reported.

Ireland is the 36th country that Pope Francis has visited since the beginning of his pontificate. His visit will last for two days.