Wednesday 18 September 2019

Archbishop recalls the glory of 1932 Congress

John Cooney

ARCHBISHOP of Dublin Diarmuid Martin last night led a Corpus Christi procession in the grounds of Clonliffe College to recall the glory days of the Eucharistic Congress held 75 years ago.

Slide shows around the grounds portrayed images of the congress in 1932, which was a popular highpoint for the prestige of the Catholic Church in an era when it wielded massive social influence.

The climax of the week-long congress saw one million people attend a Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park which heard tenor John McCormack's rendition of Panis Angelicus.

This event, which was attended by the Papal Legate, Cardinal Lorenzo Lauri, put Dublin at the centre of the Catholic world. It is seen by historians as a moment which symbolised the bonding of Catholicism and Irish nationalism.

The first Fianna Fail Government led by Eamon de Valera, which came to power only months before the event, had arranged for Pope Pius XI to transmit a radio message from his apartment in the Vatican to the Irish people.

Dr Martin began the practice of holding a Eucharistic procession in the Clonliffe grounds on the Corpus Christi day two years ago during the 'Year of the Eucharist'.

Festive music and singing was provided by the Army No. 1 Band, conducted by Commandant Mark Armstrong, the Diocesan Music Group and members of the Indian community.

Also taking part were boys and girls from local primary schools who recently received their First Communion.

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