Pope’s message to families of Carrickmines victims

Pope’s message to families of Carrickmines victims

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Message from Pope Francis to be read at Funeral Masses for the Gilbert, Lynch and Connors Families


“Pope Francis, having learned of the horrific fire in Carrickmines, expresses his deep sadness over this terrible tragedy.

The Holy Father prays especially for those who have died, and he wishes to assure all their family members, their friends, and the whole Traveller community, of his spiritual closeness and sympathy at this very difficult time.”



The message from Pope Francis was read by Bishop Ray Field at the Requiem Mass for Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Jim, Christy, and baby Mary, on Thursday 22nd October, and by Bishop Eamonn Walsh at the Requiem Mass for Jimmy Lynch, Willie Lynch and Tara Gilbert and their daughters Jodie and Kelsey, on Tuesday 20th October.

Bishop Field and Bishop Walsh were representing the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, who is attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome.