The last time a pope visited Ireland, the Constitution prohibited divorce, gay marriages were unthinkable, abortion was illegal and physical and sexual abuse at the hands of nuns and priests was a carefully hidden secret.
That has all changed in the almost four decades since St. John Paul II visited the country in 1979.
Pope Francis will visit Dublin and Knock Aug. 25-26, mainly for the World Meeting of Families. But he also will meet Irish government leaders and is expected to meet with survivors of abuse.
“Ireland is a country that has suffered tremendously, and suffered at the hands of the church,

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