Sunday 23 July 2017

David Quinn: A secular city needs reminding that the sacred is still with us

David Quinn

David Quinn

THE Catholic Church this week formally launched the International Eucharistic Congress, which will take place here next year during the week of June 10-17.

It will inevitably invite unfavourable comparisons with the Eucharistic Congress of 1932, which was a massive event, drawing hundreds of thousands of people in scenes that were only repeated when Pope John Paul II came here in 1979.

The Congress of 1932 took place when Ireland was newly independent and still bursting with pride. The event combined religious fervour with nationalist fervour. People were proud to be Irish and proud to be Catholic and they wore both on their sleeves -- to an extent that sometimes makes us uncomfortable now when we look back upon it.

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