Saturday 21 October 2017

Mary Kenny: Congress was all the better for being free of politicians

More than one commentator on the state of Ireland last week noted that football, rather than Catholicism, was now the religion of the majority: there was far more national interest in the game in Gdansk than in the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

What a change from 1932, when the entire nation, as one, joined in with Count John McCormack and echoed the Dublin tenements' favourite (if somewhat tautological) banner: "God Bless Christ the King".

Yet in some ways, the Eucharistic Congress of 2012 was all the better for being low key, and the sincere happiness -- even elation -- of those who attended, and who filled the social media of Facebook and Twitter with their genuinely spiritual responses to the occasion, was all the better for being unexpected.

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