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‘Of course I’ve been in love’ — Archbishop Eamon Martin discusses the struggles of priesthood, Covid and a United Ireland

Pandemic is testing our patience, our resilience, our reserves of energy, says Primate of All Ireland

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Archbishop Eamon Martin says he became exhausted by a life ‘just full of gloom and Zoom’. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Archbishop Eamon Martin says he became exhausted by a life ‘just full of gloom and Zoom’. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

Archbishop Eamon Martin says he became exhausted by a life ‘just full of gloom and Zoom’. Picture by Kelvin Boyes/Press Eye

If ever an image encapsulated the role of faith during the pandemic it is this: Archbishop Eamon Martin — leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland — walking through the deserted streets of Co Armagh blessing houses as residents fell to their knees in prayer.

That was last year amid the worst of Covid-19 when the Primate of All Ireland wanted to “bring a message of hope” to the streets of the Northern Ireland city with two cathedrals.


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