The weather echoes the night of the apparition for a day that is remembered




The faithful wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
The faithful wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez

As the story goes, the appearance on Knock took place in August 1879 on a wet, miserable night in the village of Co Mayo. A stubborn sheet of rain struck down when a young Mary Beirne saw the Virgin Mary, St. Joseph and St. John the Baptist at the tip of the small parish church.

It was then appropriate that the man above did not call the rain clouds in Knock yesterday. The heavy rain did not dampen the spirits of the estimated 45,000-strong crowd gathered at the shrine to witness the visit of Pope Francis to the West-Ireland pilgrimage site.

There were many early starts for many – the Dismore family set off from Co Antrim at 2:00 PM. Knock has a special place in the hearts of husband and wife Thomas and Helen, as they had visited when Helen expected the third child of the pair Ultan (2).

Music and singing prepared the thousands of pilgrims for the arrival of the Pope, with a mix of traditional dishes and hymns that raised the state of mind while the rain continued.

About 15 local people also read the testimonies of witnesses to the apparition at Knock while the crowd waited for Pope Francis. Molly Hunt (8), who lives in Knock, was chosen to be part of the re-enactment, which according to mum Pauline could only be described as a privilege.

"I'm excited," Molly said before her big moment, when she kept her costume from the 1800s dry under a rain-resistant poncho.



Audrey Elliott with the Mayo sweater signed by Pope Francis, which she hopes to lift the Mayo All-Ireland & # 39; curse. Photo: PA

Audrey Elliott with the Mayo sweater signed by Pope Francis, which she hopes to lift the Mayo All-Ireland & # 39; curse. Photo: PA

"I was picked up at school and I had to practice a lot."

For some it was not the first time they had gathered for a papal visit. "I saw Pope John Paul II in Limerick," said Patrick Manning from Mitchelstown, Cork. Patrick had rosary beads with him that had been blessed by Pope Benedict and now he had seen his third pope.

"It was a great experience," he said.

The Barbieri family represented families during the Angelus in Knock and greeted Pope Francis when he was welcomed on the shrine's stage.



Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis to address the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018

Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis to address the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pope Francis greets the crowd when he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
26/08/2018 Pope Francis passes Knock Basilica when he visited Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis to address the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
26/08/2018 Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he visits Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he visits Knock Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims listen to Pope Francis to address the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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26/08/2018 Cleonagh and Declan Sweeney, van Raheen, Limerick with their children from left to right, Cathal, 9, Amy, 7, Katelyn, 4 and Donnacha, 10 at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Young girls are waving flags while Pope Francis arrives at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
26/08/2018 A young girl waves a flag while Pope Francis Knock visited Shrine as part of the World Meeting of Families. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pope Francis delivers a speech for the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pope Francis cape blows his head during a windy spell while he gives his speech at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis arrives at the Appearance Chapel in Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis greets the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis speaks to the crowd as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Empty chairs when Pope Francis addresses the crowd after he has arrived at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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Declan Ganley arrives at Knock Shrine to see Pope Francis.
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Declan Ganley arrives at Knock Shrine to see Pope Francis.
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Pope Francis greets the crowd when he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Empty chairs when Pope Francis addresses the crowd after he has arrived at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pope Francis delivers a speech for the crowd at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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Gardai proposed to say goodbye to OPope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock.
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Members of Pope Francis Entourage board the plane at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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Pope Francis greets pilgrims as he arrives at Knock Shrine.
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Pope Francis addresses the audience during his visit to Knock, Ireland on 26 August 2018. Vatican Media / Brochure
Pope Francis arrives at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis arrives at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
REFILE – CORRECTING BYLINE Pope Francis leads the Angelus at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis leads the Angelus in the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis greets children after arriving in Knock, Ireland on 26 August 2018. Vatican media / hand-out
Pope Francis lays a wreath at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland on August 26, 2018. Vatican media / hand-out
Pope Francis lights a candle at the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland on August 26, 2018. Vatican Media / Brochure Template
Pope Francis leads the Angelus in the Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pope Francis during a visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pope Francis during a visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis greets school children after arrival at the airport in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arrival at the airport in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis greets school children after arrival at the airport in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis greets school children after arrival at the airport in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis arrives for his visit to Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo to view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address.
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Pope Francis receives flowers from Saoirse McCarthy, 11, from St. Patrick's National School, Cloonlyon, Co. Mayo when he arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis salutes Knock School Children at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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The Pope's plane arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock.
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Pope Francis is kissed by Mary McCarthy at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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The Pope's plane arrives at Ireland West Airport, Knock.
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School children from St. Patrick's National School, Cloonlyon are waiting to greet Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock.
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Pope Francis with Secretary of Rural Affairs Michael Ring greets clergy at Ireland West Airport, Knock.
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Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, beat today.
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Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, beat today.
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Michael Ring, Secretary of Rural Affairs with Catherine Hynes (wife of MAyo Co., Manager) and Blackie Gavin, Lord MAyor, Castlebar at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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Pope Francis carefully steps down the stairs from his plane at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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Pope Francis salutes Knock School Children at Ireland West Airport, Knock today.
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Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport while arriving at Knock County in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport while arriving at Knock County in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport while arriving at Knock County in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland.
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The plane with Pope Francis arrives at the airfield in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
The plane with Pope Francis arrives at the airfield in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis is greeted by a delegation of clergy and representatives from Ireland West Airport while arriving at Knock County in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
The plane with Pope Francis arrives at the airfield in Knock, County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
People wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis when he arrives at Ireland West Airport at Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis blesses school children when he arrives at Ireland West Airport at Knock in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pope Francis when he arrives at Ireland West Airport at Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pope Francis blesses school children when he arrives at Ireland West Airport at Knock in County Mayo as part of his visit to Ireland.
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The plane with Pope Francis comes to Ireland West Airport at Knock in County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
The faithful are waiting for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
The faithful wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
School children await the arrival of Pope Francis at Ireland West Airport, Knock County Mayo, as part of his visit to Ireland. Yui Mok / PA wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
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Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland.
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The faithful wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
The faithful wait in the rain for a visit from Pope Francis to Knock Shrine in Knock, Ireland, August 26, 2018. REUTERS / Dylan Martinez
Pilgrims await the arrival of Pope Francis at Knock Holy Shrine, in County Mayo, where he will view the Appearance Chapel and give the Angelus address as part of his visit to Ireland. Niall Carson / PA Wire
26/08/2018 Liam Hughes, from Athlone at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Annemarie and Aaron Ward from Tuam with their children from left to right Destiny, Santana and Martin depicted at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Holly, 8 and Paddy, 6, Hunt from Knock pictured outside Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 Holly, 8 and Paddy, 6, Hunt from Knock pictured outside Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Rev. Thomas Harrington from Cork arrives to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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Pilgrims and children arriving to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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Pilgrims including Dominic Dunleavy from Tuam arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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26/08/2018 Annemarie and Aaron Ward from Tuam with their children from left to right Destiny, Santana and Martin depicted at Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 People wait in the rain for Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
26/08/2018 People wait in the rain for Knock Shrine for the visit of Pope Francis. Pic credit; Damien Eagers / INM
Pilgrims arrive to see Pope Francis at Knock Shrine.
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August 26, 2018

Davide Barbieri (46) is a recovered addict (46) and has lived in his family since 2007. He originally came here in 1999 and was involved in setting up the Cenacolo center to help people become addicted.

"I was in Community Cenacolo because I was a recovering addict, I was on the streets, I was doing heroin and involved in crime, and in 1996 after five suicide attempts I went to the Cenacolo community in Italy," Davide explained, originally from Racconigi, a small Italian village 40 km south of Turin. "In 1999, a project to bring the Cenacolo community was led by myself and six other men."

Davide said he was homeless for three and a half years, but has changed his life through his faith. He met his wife Naoimh, from Dublin, with whom he had six children, through the community in Knock.

"She supported the community through prayer and gave us our providence," he said.

"I found what I was looking for – like the Bono! Knock song is a beautiful place where the children can grow up in a safe environment and the sanctuary plays an important role in our lives."

"Pope Francis is special," he added. "We have a child, we called him Francis after the Holy Father, we were expecting our sixth child when the Holy Father was chosen." His humility when he came to the balcony, his simplicity and his goodness, made my family fall in love with him. "

Sr. Mary Olivia (42), a carmelite nun who lives in a closed sequence in Knock, had missed her sister's wedding on Saturday, but was delighted that her brother and his family and her mother were attending the Pope's visit. "It was a dream today, a gift from God that he was here, my own calling as Carmelite, I find him so inspiring – his work with the homeless feeds my soul," she said.

Meanwhile, a relative of one of the original seers was in the colorful sea of ​​people at the shrine. The great-grandfather of Katherine Tolan, Patrick Walsh, witnessed the bright lights that appeared on the pointed end of the church from a nearby field.

"It is very special to be here today," said Katherine, who was accompanied by her sister-in-law Caroline Eaton.

Caroline said: "It was a great feeling to see him."

Meanwhile, the religious fervor of Mayo's faithful GAA followers received a papal blessing when Pope Francis signed a Mayo sweater as he flew out of Klock's airport for Audrey Elliott.

She hopes that divine intervention will help to curb the & # 39; curse & # 39; to lift that Mayo's quest for an All-Ireland since 1951, when the province last lifted the Sam Maguire, has been destroyed.

Irish Independent


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