After greeting the crowds gathered outside, the Pope entered the Shrine and prayed in front of the Chapel of the Apparition, for all the families of the world, then he presented the shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Knock, with a golden rosary in acknowledgment of the tradition of the family rosary in Ireland.
In his Angelus address from a specially constructed podium, the Pope prayed that Our Lady, “would look with mercy on all the suffering members of her Son’s family”, especially the victims of abuse committed by members of the Church in Ireland.
None of us, he said, “can fail to be moved by the stories of young people who suffered abuse, were robbed of their innocence and left scarred by painful memories. This open wound challenges us to be firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice. I beg the Lord’s forgiveness for these sins and for the scandal and betrayal felt by so many others in God’s family. I ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for the healing of the survivors and to confirm every member of our Christian family in the resolve never again to permit these situations to occur.”