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Hozier will perform at the #Stand4Truth rally in solidarity with Catholic Church abuse survivors during the Papal visit

The rally will take place at 3pm on Sunday in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin.

Pope Francis visit to Ireland Source: PA Wire/PA Images

THERE ARE PLENTY of people outraged by the Papal visit which will take place this weekend for various reasons.

Some are furious about the sum of money that will be spent accommodating Pope Francis during his 32-hour visit to Ireland, others are angry because they see it as a great mark of disrespect to the people who have suffered abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church.

So it’s only natural that protests have been organised.

Pope Francis visit to Ireland Source: PA Wire/PA Images

Executive Director of Amnesty Ireland and abuse survivor Colm O’Gorman organised a rally for those who have been harmed or abused by the Catholic Church, and those who would like to stand in solidarity with them during the Pope’s visit.

On the Facebook event page, which 8,000 people have expressed their interest to attend on, O’Gorman wrote:

This month, Pope Francis will come to Ireland. It will be a visit full of pageantry and symbolism. A visit that has deep meaning for many people of faith.
But it seems that this visit will also largely ignore the need to honesty 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.

The event hopes to prove that “we are a different Ireland” now. One that “cannot stand by and see the victims of the church’s brutal history marginalised and dismissed.”

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.

A number of Irish artists have also decided to join in with the rally.

Christmas Eve busk Source: Niall Carson

Hozier, who recently announced a run of Dublin gigs with all proceeds going to charity, is among those who will be performing on the day. Róisín O from the band Thanks Brother will also perform, as will Liam Ó’Maonlaí and spoken word artist Grace Dyas and poet Sarah Clancy. Colm O’Gorman will also speak at the rally too.

After the gathering takes place at the Garden of Remembrance, there will be a silent procession to Sean McDermott Street, which will end at the site of the country’s last functioning Magdalene Laundry.

In the weeks leading up to the demonstration, people have been tweeting about the event using the hashtag #Stand4Truth. As they are now expecting a considerable turnout at the demonstration, they are currently looking for volunteers and stewards for the event. If you are interested, you can sign up here.

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