US President Barack Obama is in Rome this morning to meet Pope Francis for the first time on his European tour, which has been dominated by the crisis in Ukraine. He’s had three days of talks with EU leaders in the Netherlands and Brussels. Joined now by BBC reporter based in Rome, Davie Willie.
Exactly one year ago today, the white smoke in St Peter’s Square indicated that a new pope had been elected. Shortly after Jorge Mario Bergoglio made his first appearance. His papacy thus far has been nothing if not interesting. Keelin was joined from Galway by Fr Tony Flannery; by author, Paul Vallelly and by Gerard O’Connell, Vatican Affairs Analyst with the Universe.
Child abuse and its aftermath are back in the news. Last Thursday, Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley communicated the Pope’s approval of a proposal submitted by the Council of 8 Cardinals to create a Commission for the protection of minors, while here in Ireland on Tuesday, The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI), published its audit of 6 dioceses and 2 religious orders. We’re joined by survivor of clerical sex abuse and activist Marie Collins, and Fr. Tony Flannery of the Association of Catholic Priests.