Pope Francis arrives in Ireland for landmark visit

Abuse survivor wants local Catholic Church to 'name names'

"I like to be with families, so I am happy about this visit", he told the 70 journalists travelling with him on the Alitalia plane, nicknamed Shepherd One.

Pope Francis may have a global reputation for humility and integrity.

Mr Varadkar said: "Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure this is done here in Ireland and across the World".

Francis is due to speak in front of some 500,000 faithful in Phoenix Park, as abuse victims and their supporters gather in a "Stand for Truth" rally in the city centre to demand justice.

"I can not fail to acknowledge the grave scandal caused in Ireland by the abuse of young people by members of the Church charged with responsibility for their protection and education", Francis said during his remarks in Dublin Castle.

Pope Francis also met with Irish President Michael D. Higgins, who said they discussed climate change, poverty, migration and the sex abuse scandal.

During his speech, the Taoiseach called for "a new covenant for the 21 Century" between the Church and the state, while emphasising how different Ireland is now from the time that John Paul II visited in 1979. No one from the general public was on hand at the airport or the roads nearby, and only a handful of people waited to cheer him outside the Vatican residence, despite gloriously sunny weekend weather.

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On Saturday evening, he presided over a Festival of Families concert in Dublin's Croke Park stadium, which drew a crowd of about 80,000 people.

And two of the Irish adoptees said they were heartened Francis said he would address their concerns at Mass on Sunday.

One of the victims of Fr Tony Walsh, a priest and serial abuser who assaulted hundreds of children over almost two decades, was also present but preferred to remain anonymous. It is his prayer, he said, that as the country listens to the contemporary political and social discussion, it will not forget its Christian heritage.

He received a letter from them explaining how 100,000 single mothers had been "forcibly separated from their babies".

"We've brought in mandatory reporting over the a year ago and that's not the case in other countries", he told Sky News on Friday.

Pope Francis will begin the second day of his historic trip to the Republic of Ireland at the Knock Marian shrine in County Mayo.

Francis urged the Irish to recognize that for all its failings, the Catholic Church educated and cared for generations of Irish children in times of starvation and great poverty.

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"The church in Ireland, past and present, has played a role in the welfare of children that can not be obscured", the pope said.

A few months later, another government-backed report unveiled by the Dublin Archdiocese Commission of Investigation found that the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic Church authorities in Ireland "covered up" clerical child sexual abuse for decades.

Francis met the prime minister, Leo Varadkar, and leaders of other Irish churches at Dublin Castle, where he gave the first of several planned speeches. "It is a story all too tragically familiar here in Ireland".

That history of abuse has left its mark.

In a country where Catholic bishops held such sway that they advised the drafters of the republic's constitution in the 1930s, voters in recent years have turned their backs on core Catholic teachings.

The Church's role has been badly dented by abuse scandals and the Irish have shed traditional mores, voting earlier this year to legalise abortion after approving same-sex marriage in 2015.

In Tuam, in the west of Ireland, a vigil will be held at the site of a mass grave discovered at a mother-and-baby home, which contained the remains of nearly 800 infants.

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