Sunday 26 March 2017

GAA star keeps faith with church for World Youth Day

GAA star Joe Sheridan yesterday spoke about his faith in the Catholic Church and how it helps him as he prepared to board a plane to travel to Madrid, Spain, to take part in World Youth Day.

World Youth Day is a yearly celebration of the Catholic faith started by Pope John Paul II as a way to inspire young people.

The Meath senior footballer was invited to take on an ambassadorial role for the Meath contingent by his local Bishop, Michael Smith, and will spend a week in Madrid mentoring the 2,000 young Irish people also taking part.

"It should be a good experience. It could be something I could get something out of and they might be able take something from me. I could give them some advice.

"Hopefully I will be able to chat to them and they will be able to relate to me."

Religion has always played a big part in the footballer's life.

"I grew up in a religious house so it's something that I've been bought up with. I think it's very important," he said.

Sheridan also urged people disillusioned with Catholicism in light of the recent child abuse scandals to not tar everyone in the church with the same brush.

"It is disgraceful to see this happen to young children. But I think that you can't relate that to everyone involved in the Catholic Church," he said.

Irish Independent

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