Cardinal in call to help Christians
THE leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has appealed to Irish and European political leaders to help Christians in the Middle East whose very existence he warned is threatened.
Speaking to the Irish Independent at St Peter's Church in Drogheda following a Mass to commemorate the canonisation of the martyred 17th century Archbishop of Armagh, St Oliver Plunkett, Cardinal Sean Brady said "the presence of Christians in the Holy Land is menaced".
"Those who are in a position to do something about it and have the power to do it need to keep on putting pressure on the relevant authorities," he said.
Meanwhile, the Vatican is hoping today's meeting between Pope Francis and six survivors of clerical abuse, two of whom are Irish, will restore some trust among the wider network of clerical abuse survivors.
Separately, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin is to give a keynote address on child safeguarding this evening in Rome to a group dealing with the matter in the English-speaking countries of the Catholic Church.