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Pope Francis Closes World Meeting of Families While Being Attacked by Former Papal Nuncio

The World Meeting of Families 2018 concluded yesterday with a papal Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, and the atmosphere was decidedly somber and depressing.  The morning’s rain showers didn’t help, but the rain clouds were not the problem. The problem was the darker clouds of clergy and religious abuse of children which has covered Ireland for far too long now. And if Pope Francis’ slow response to the abuse was not enough to keep people away, on the eve of the papal Mass news hit that the former papal nuncio to the United States was attacking the pontiff’s record.