On Sunday 29 September, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and          Apostolic Administrator of Dromore Diocese, will lead a special prayer service ‘For Ireland and Humanity’ at the Papal Cross near Drogheda, Co Louth. The service is taking place to commemorate the first anniversary of the visit of the Holy Father Pope Francis and the 40th anniversary of the visit of Pope Saint John Paul II to Ireland.

Speaking ahead of the prayer service, Archbishop Eamon said, “The tragedy of violence and conflict continues in many parts of the world today. In particular, Ireland, north and south, is going through a period of political and economic uncertainty and the imminent introduction of very liberal abortion legislation in Northern Ireland continues to give grave cause for concern. We will use the same prayer service that Pope Saint John Paul II used to pray for peace and reconciliation in Drogheda, forty years ago. It is the perfect prayer for us during these troubled and uncertain times.”

Archbishop Eamon has invited parishioners from across the dioceses of Armagh, Dromore and across Ireland to join with him at the same time in their own parishes to pray for peace and for the protection of life and humanity.

The prayer service will be live-streamed on the Armagh Diocesan Facebook Page – https://www.facebook.com/ArchdioceseOfArmagh/

Click here to read the texts of the addresses and homilies given by Pope Francis when he visited Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018.

Click here to listen to the address given Pope Saint John Paul II in Drogheda on 29 September 1979

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