Cook arrives bearing gifts, but his visit stirs echoes
'Young people of Ireland, I love you," declared Pope John Paul to the youth of Ireland back in 1979 during a mass at Galway race course. Ireland's youth reciprocated. They loved their pontiff.
If Pope Francis arrives in Ireland for the 'Catholic World Meeting of Families' in 2018 he is unlikely to receive such a rapturous reception. Ireland has moved on. Today, its heroes and heroines are found elsewhere.
Last week, a hero of Ireland's youth landed in Dublin. He was hardly a replica of John Paul II.