Pope in Ireland – level 2
Pope Francis travelled to Ireland last weekend in the first papal visit in 39 years. In 1979, Pope John Paul II drew crowds of 2.7 million.
A series of scandals undermined the once-powerful position of the Catholic Church in Ireland. In the 1990s, people found out that hundreds of priests sexually abused thousands of children over many years.
The 1990s were also the time when Ireland’s economy grew and opened the country to the world. The abortion referendum and legalising gay marriage also shows Ireland is in change.
Pope Francis met Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins, and the head of government Leo Eric Varadkar at Dublin castle where they gave a speech. The Pope expressed pain and shame over the scandals and asked for forgiveness.
Difficult words: papal (related to the Pope), undermine (ruin, hurt, make weaker), abuse (do bad things to somebody), forgiveness (ask to forgive – no longer feel angry).
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