Pope's altar finds new home in refurbished church
The altar used by Pope Francis when he celebrated Mass in the Phoenix Park has found a new home in a renovated Dublin church.
The Church of Saint Joseph and Artisan in Bonnybrook reopened at the weekend, having been closed for five months for refurbishments.
Amid the new insulation, flooring and electrical wiring, there was one special new addition - the altar used for the World Meeting of Families closing Mass last August. It was created by John Bosco O'Hagan, from Maghera, Co Derry, who said it was "without doubt" the most important project of his life.
"It is all straight lines and a simple manufacture. There is nothing elaborate about the whole thing.
"The Pope is a simple man and he seems to live a very simple life, so the furniture is simple as well," he explained.
Speaking at the dedication of the new altar on Saturday, Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin said it was sad to note the number of drug-related deaths of young people in Dublin, adding as a community we have to "reject violent attempts to impose drug rule".
"We have to say a strong and visible 'no' to the despicable exploitation and violence of drug lords and merchants of death," he added.