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Pope Francis in Ireland draws 600,000 people amid protests

  • Although his visit will draw vast crowds, Ireland is no longer the Catholic stronghold it once was.

His visit will be marked by abuse protests that would have been unthinkable at Pope John Paul II’s visit.

  • Ralf Sotscheck
  • DW

Pope Francis is coming to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, and the Emerald Isle has come down with Pope fever.

Long 2bA large part of central Dublin has been cordoned off, and 600,000 people are expected at the papal Mass on Sunday in Phoenix Park, the biggest city park in Europe.

But although hundreds of thousands have travelled to see him, Ireland is no longer the Catholic…

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