Sunday 17 December 2017

An unlikely victim of abuse

BENEDICT XVl will be guest of honour at a luncheon thrown by his cardinals in the Vatican Papal Palace on Monday, in celebration of his fifth anniversary as Pope. In contrast, a former victim of abuse in an Irish Catholic institution plans to go on hunger strike outside Government Buildings in Dublin.

In advance of a visit to Malta this weekend, the Pope celebrated his 83rd birthday, with a cake, and asked the faithful to pray for the needs of the church.

In advance of his hunger strike, in three weeks' time, 77-year-old Michael O'Brien will be going into hospital for an operation.

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