Two Days In August


From top: Papal volunteers; volunteer Richard Murphy; volunteer Sister Bonaventure Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin (left) and Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland Eamon Martin

This morning.

Maynooth, County Kildare.

Volunteers outside the offices of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference as  details are published for the World Meeting of Families 2018 and the pastoral visit of Pope Francis from 21 – 26 August 2018 are revealed.

To wit:

Saturday August  25 2018

08:15 Departure by plane from Rome for Dublin
10:30 Arrival at Dublin Airport
10:45 Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin
11:15 Arrival at the Presidential Residence
12:00 Transfer to Dublin Castle
12:10 Arrival at Dublin Castle – Speech of the Holy Father
15:30 Arrival at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
16:30 Private visit to the Day Centre for Homeless Families of the Capuchin Fathers
19:30 Arrival at Croke Park
19:45 Festival of Families in Croke Park – Speech of the Holy Father

Sunday, August 26 2018

08:40 Departure by plane for Knock
09:45 Arrival at Knock Shrine
11:15 Departure by plane for Dublin
11:50 Arrival at Dublin Airport – lunch with the Papal Delegation
14:30 Arrival at Phoenix Park
15:00 Holy Mass in Phoenix Park – Homily of the Holy Father; Meeting with the Bishops in the Convent of the Dominican Sisters.
18:30 Arrival at Dublin  Airport – farewell ceremony
18:45 Departure for Rome.


Pope’s timetable, Dublin visit (World Meeting Of Families)


77 thoughts on “Two Days In August

    1. Johnny Keenan

      Knock Knock

      Don’t open the door!
      it’s a load of sick perverted paedophile bastards coming to rape and physically harm and mentally fupp up your children

  1. Nullzero

    Leave the Charlie churches to their worship. No doubt there’ll be a cohort here slamming an organization who have had no influence in this country for decades. I personally will just ignore the Pope being here, much like any number of things I have no interest in.

    1. Jimothy

      No influence here for decades? What country have you been living in. They are literally the floating turd that will not flush.

      1. Nullzero

        Lots of historical scandals that are disgusting in the extreme. However, Ireland since the early 90’s hasn’t been the same in terms of church influence. When I was a kid the local church was so busy on a Sunday that the local schools had overflow masses to cater for all the people clamoring to get to church, compare the 80’s to today in terms of church influence and numbers attending mass and then look at people’s attitudes and how different they are to back then and the differences are astonishing.

          1. Nullzero

            Decline isn’t an accurate description, more a precipitous drop. The bottom fell out of the catholic churches influence a long time ago, they have a lot to answer for without a doubt but they have been decimated and to say otherwise isn’t realistic.

          2. Nigel

            Precipitous decline in influence is still not no influence. It’s important to be particular about this since they still have a presence in areas of education and health care, and therefore a degree of influence in those areas

        1. Toe Up

          Try getting your non-baptised child into a range of schools in the country and then say that the church has no influence.

          1. Nullzero

            There is the last area in which the church has got an influence, however that is set to change going forward.

          2. Cian

            …that and healthcare.
            Will the new ‘Holles Street’ maternity hospital being build on St Vincent’s land be allowed to provide abortions?

          3. Frilly Keane

            Shur’ they’ll have ta
            Any and all procedures required by their HSE service agreement have to be satisfied

            Sum’ting else
            The Board
            Have already committed to providing services that comply with Current Legislation

          4. Cian

            “The Board (AFAIK) have already committed to providing services that comply with Current Legislation”
            Hmm.. but can a new board change their minds? and did they agree to the legislation as it stood – or that they would always comply with legislation – even if/when it changed.

  2. Spud

    Those volunteers look so enthusiastic about his upcoming visit!
    Gosh, who wouldn’t want to be a part of that joyous team!

    1. realPolithicks

      I was thinking the same thing, sure hasn’t the catlic church been a bastion of all things joyful and happiness for centuries now.

  3. Joe Small

    I’m not really religious but might go to the Phoenix Park. Hopefully he’ll have something suitable to say to the Irish people that includes the word “sorry”.
    Where did they get those volunteers from?! if that’s the future of the Catholic Church in Ireland, they’re in a spot of trouble.

    1. Frilly Keane

      D’ya know what would be good craic
      For the Cathy Sinnott Pilgrims ta walk from Dublin t’ Knock
      Instead a’ kneeling

      1. Brother Barnabas

        don’t be too sure of that. the Catholic church is a formidable foe. no organisation survives almost 2,000 years (since last pentecost) without knowing what it’s about. It has overcome far bigger challenges in its history than it faces today. it will still be around 2,000 years from now – hopefully, on the periphery with relevance only to those that invite it into their lives, which is where it should always have been in this country. and that goes for every religion.

        1. Ron Dolan

          It was formidable but the advent of mass media, culminating in the internet has really put a dent in their PR machine, terminally so, it would seem in this country.

      2. postmanpat

        57.53 percent of registered voters voted no (21.66% )or didn’t vote (35.86%) . a lot of the Yes voters were obviously so conflicted that they were crying like imbeciles before , during and afterward. Ireland is very much still a client of the Vatican. The school baptism barrier isn’t a factor anymore but wait and see how many people will still go along with it anyway . Parents will use the “child will feel left out” excuse next. The church isn’t going anywhere. They are only one environmental or political cataclysm away from regaining power and the chances of that happening are practically certain over the next 50 years. It will be like Mad Max with priests!

        1. Brother Barnabas

          78% of registered voters voted yes or didn’t vote . a lot of the No voters were obviously so aware of the stupidity of their position that they were forced to lie like imbeciles before , during and afterward. Ireland is very much waking up to the lies and hypocrisy and thievery and criminality of the Vatican etc etc

  4. Teds Big Adventure

    Bloody hell! Leader of a glorified paedophile ring getting a red carpet. Phoenix Park is the place for him alright but its not the Aras.

      1. newsjustin

        “You have suffered grievously and I am truly sorry. I know that nothing can undo the wrong you have endured. Your trust has been betrayed and your dignity has been violated. Many of you found that, when you were courageous enough to speak of what happened to you, no one would listen. Those of you who were abused in residential institutions must have felt that there was no escape from your sufferings. It is understandable that you find it hard to forgive or be reconciled with the Church. In her name, I openly express the shame and remorse that we all feel.”
        – Pope Benedict 2010

          1. newsjustin

            You are free to not accept the apology. You’re free to scoff at it, whatever, is fine with me.

            But what you can’t do is try to perpetuate the myth that the Pope or the church, at every level, has not apologised for abuse and handling of abusers. That’s just not factual.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            and in a demonstration of the sincerity of the remorse, the church will do whatever it can to compensate its victims?

          3. Janet, I ate my Avatar

            Call me old fashioned but I’d want more than a note if it was my child, Mother, sister, Father or brother.

        1. Cian

          “7. To priests and religious who have abused children
          You betrayed the trust that was placed in you by innocent young people and their parents, and you must answer for it before Almighty God and before properly constituted tribunals. You have forfeited the esteem of the people of Ireland and brought shame and dishonour upon your confreres. Those of you who are priests violated the sanctity of the sacrament of Holy Orders in which Christ makes himself present in us and in our actions. Together with the immense harm done to victims, great damage has been done to the Church and to the public perception of the priesthood and religious life.

          I urge you to examine your conscience, take responsibility for the sins you have committed, and humbly express your sorrow. Sincere repentance opens the door to God’s forgiveness and the grace of true amendment. By offering prayers and penances for those you have wronged, you should seek to atone personally for your actions. Christ’s redeeming sacrifice has the power to forgive even the gravest of sins, and to bring forth good from even the most terrible evil. At the same time, God’s justice summons us to give an account of our actions and to conceal nothing. Openly acknowledge your guilt, submit yourselves to the demands of justice, but do not despair of God’s mercy.

          So is he asking the priests involved to hand themselves in to the Gardaí? or just to pray for them? (or both)

          1. newsjustin

            Your second highlighted section makes it very clear. “submit yourselves to the demands of justice”

          2. Cian

            “submit yourselves to the demands of justice”. no, I don’t think it is clear.
            If it said: “Go to your nearest police station and confess to the Gardaí any laws broken by you or by other members of the church that you know broke the law” then it would be clear.

  5. Daisy Chainsaw

    It would have to be August, wouldn’t it! No point in visiting Rome in August cos it’s too hot and everything is closed. Might check flights anyway, being in another timezone while this is on would be a bonus.

    1. Rob_G

      Or you could just let it pass by without going to any of the events or paying them any undue attention, and get on with your life – just a thought.

    2. Topsy

      Daisy: you head off to where ever you like – nobody cares, or as was suggested just ignore the whole thing. However you do like the dollop of hysteria.

  6. Murtles

    Saturday 25th August 2018

    19:30 Arrival at Croke Park Stadium
    19:45 Festival of Families in Croke Park – Speech of the Holy Father
    22.45 Coppers

    1. Paulus

      Well with the Holy Stone of Clonrickard(?) being elevated to a Class 2 relic, it’s well on the way.
      Yes I know that many of you are well aware of this already: I just like saying it.

  7. Sheik Yahbouti

    I actually watched RTE news at one today. Over half the broadcast concerned the Pope’s visit, which will not take place for sometime. There were other newsworthy items shoe horned into the remainder – National Broadcaster? :-(

  8. Brother Barnabas

    18.30 Arrival at Dublin Airport
    18.45 Departure for Rome

    yeah right – eejit’s going to miss his flight

  9. Always Wright

    Everybody go to the website and snag as many tickets to as many of the events as possible. Volunteer for everything. Then… don’t show up. Let empty seats do the talking.

        1. Always Wright

          I’m a teacher, so in one way I won’t finish school until I retire. On the other hand, I’m on my summer holidays at the moment so you might say I’ve finished school for the year. Whichever of those statements annoys you the most is the one I’m sticking with.

  10. Frilly Keane

    I’ve had romps that lasted longer

    Tisn’t even a full weekend
    n’ they want 20 million
    For wha’

    An’ I don’t know what kinda volunteering they’re going ta’ get from Sister Bonaventure there
    But do like the idea of ’em making her throw a t-shirt over her uniform
    Maybe she’s on a merch stall or sum’ting

    1. Janet, I ate my Avatar

      it would be nice to see the void filled with cop on, common sense, justice and humanitarianism and a bit of love thy neighbour for old times sake

    2. Janet, I ate my Avatar

      sure there is a higher chance of another intelligent life form somewhere than there is of the Catholic church’s teachings being real.

  11. ralph

    I would not be surprised by the amount of hostility some Nutter might try to kill him
    I pray to god I am wrong but ,if that happens in Ireland it really will do nothing for our image

    1. Papi

      The glass is half Nazi/half my dad ran away, but all bad. bad bad bad. If only we could all be like Israel, then the glass would be not shooting the pope.

  12. Dinny Do Well?


    (Goes back to lower case for reading of Presbyterian Notes)

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