Thousands of people are expected to attend a ‘Stand 4 Truth’ rally in support of those “who have been harmed or abused by the Catholic Church”.
The Pope’s visit has been met with serious backlash by clerical abuse victims and their supporters, while many are also outraged by the fact the city will essentially be on lockdown during his stay.
Organised by Executive Director of Amnesty Ireland and abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman, the rally will take place Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Square on Sunday at 3pm – the same time as the papal mass.
Hozier will be joining artists including Liam Ó’Maonlaí and Róisín O from the band Thanks Brother in performing on the day, along with spoken word performances from poet Sarah Clancy and Grace Dyas.
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If you or someone you love has been harmed or abused by the Catholic Church, or if you want to stand in solidarity with those who have been abused, join us, in the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin on Sunday August 26th at 3pm. Stand with us. In solidarity, in dignity and in truth. We are a different #Ireland. #Papalvisit #Dublin #HumanRights
More than 8,000 people have already said they are interested in or attending the march via the event’s Facebook page.
Organiser Colm O’Gorman wrote:
‘It seems that this visit will largely ignore the need to honestly acknowledge and respond to the very grave harm caused to many people by the actions and failings of the institutions of Roman Catholic Church. Grave harm that has reverberated across generations, and that touches every person in Ireland in some way.’
He added: ‘Stand with us. In solidarity, for truth, for justice and for love. We are a different Ireland.’