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.