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St. Patrick's Day in Rome: Irish Church marks centennial

March 17, 2011

Cardinal William Levada presided at Mass on March 17 in St. Patrick’s church in Rome, as the church serving the Irish community celebrated its 100th anniversary on the feast of its patron.

Cardinal Levada, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, spoke in his homily of the deep roots of Catholic faith in Ireland. While acknowledging the difficulties the Church now faces, because of the scandal caused by the “terrible crime of sexual abuse of children,” the cardinal urged the Irish people—and especially the young—to follow the example of St. Patrick and spread the Gospel message to their neighbors and to future generations.

St. Patrick’s church, located in central Rome, was opened on March 17, 1911. The church is staffed by Irish Augustinians.


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