Sunday 18 November 2018

Ignore the begrudgers intent on spoiling Pope Francis's visit

Wanting to deny Catholics the satisfaction of a Papal visit just because of the cost is an act of meanness worthy of Scrooge, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Pope Francis. Photo: AFP/Getty
Pope Francis. Photo: AFP/Getty

Eilis O'Hanlon

No sooner had the Archbishop of Dublin announced that next year's Papal visit would cost somewhere in the region of €20m than the carping began.

How could a short trip to Ireland by one man cost so much? Couldn't he fly in on Ryanair and find a room through Airbnb, like everybody else? Why not spend the money on more important things?

Listeners to The Ray D'Arcy Show on RTE Radio One kicked off the bellyaching. Soon social media was in full swing. It does raise a sardonic eyebrow that a Pontiff named after St Francis, an advocate of radical poverty, should now sit at the head of such a conspicuously wealthy organisation.

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