The Papal nuncio to Ireland has said the Faith’s future on the island must be ‘authentically Catholic’ in a historic address today at the shrine of Knock.
Archbishop Charles Brown (above) from the US was speaking at a Mass to mark the closing day of the annual Novena at the Marian shrine. The archbishop said the road ahead for the Faith in Ireland would not be an easy one but the Church would endure.
“The road ahead for Catholics in Ireland did not look very easy in 1879 when Our Lady appeared here on that rainy evening in August,” he said. “And yet her appearance was followed by one of the most fruitful periods in the 15 centuries of Catholicism on this island.”