Cardinal tipped for pope to give speech at conference
A Cardinal, tipped to be the next pope, is to give a keynote speech at a major Catholic conference in Limerick this week.
Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, who is Pope Francis's lead cardinal on new pastoral direction, Amoris Laetitia, will address the 'Let's Talk Family: Let's Be Family' conference at Mary Immaculate College (MIC), on Thursday.
Cardinal Schönborn, a son of divorced parents, and who promotes acceptance of homosexuality and increased lay involvement in the Church, was censored by the Vatican in 2010 after he accused another cardinal of covering up clerical sexual abuse.
Cardinal Schönborn attracted international headlines last year when he said "many Muslims" are intent on invading Europe and conquering Christians.
Speaking at the 333rd anniversary of the festival of the 'Holy Name of Mary', which celebrates the Christian victory over Islamic forces at the Battle of Vienna, he called for God to show mercy on Europe and its people who "are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage".