Monday 20 November 2017

Faithful find standing room only for Martin's big moment

The diminutive nun was in a towering rage. "People have travelled a long way to hear him," she spluttered, gesturing to the crestfallen crowd behind her.

But all to no avail. The hall was already bursting to capacity, and none of the latecomers had a prayer of getting past the implacable gatekeeper.

The Archbishop of Dublin, it transpires, is serious box office. It was day two of the Eucharistic Congress in the RDS and it was standing-room only in the large hall for the speech by Dr Diarmuid Martin, titled, 'The Church in Modern Ireland'. Every seat in the room was occupied by predominantly older pilgrims and plenty of clerics.

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