Pope Francis met with clerical abuse survivors in Dublin on Saturday 1 year ago

Pope Francis met with clerical abuse survivors in Dublin on Saturday

It is believed that the meeting lasted for 90 minutes, and that Pope Francis offered an apology to survivors.

It is understood that Pope Francis met with survivors of clerical abuse during his visit to Dublin on Saturday.

It has been reported by RTÉ News that there was an apology from the Pope, alongside a recognition of the hurt and suffering of the survivors.

The Coalition of Mother and Baby Home Survivors has said that the Pope met with eight survivors of clerical, institutional and religious abuse prior to his appointment at Croke Park.

They described the 90-minute meeting as "cordial and polite".

RTÉ News noted that that the meeting raised the situation faced by survivors of Mother and Baby homes and of forced and illegal adoption in Ireland in 2018.

The Coalition said that Pope Francis agreed to include a message that natural mothers who lost their children to adoption did nothing wrong in his Phoenix Park mass on Sunday.

On Saturday evening, Pope Francis arrived at Croke Park for the World Meeting of Families event as Patrick Bergin performed 'Anthem', a song made famous by the late Leonard Cohen.

Previously, Nathan Carter took to the stage accompanied by a choir to perform 'Everybody Hurts' by R.E.M.

Earlier, the Pontifex gave a speech at Dublin Castle in which he questioned whether a "materialistic, throwaway culture" has made people indifferent to the unborn.

Pope Francis subsequently came under fire for what was seen as failure to properly apologise for and condemn abuses committed by the Catholic Church.

Colm O'Gorman labelled the speech "a huge shame" while Leo Varadkar and Micheál Martin both expressed their hopes that his words would be followed by significant actions.

He also signed the visitors' book at Áras an Uachtarain in the company of President Michael D. Higgins,

Before all of that, Sky News declared that Pope Francis had landed in England, not Ireland.