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At Cashel on June 97, Bishop Moran took part in the celebration in the feast of Corpus Christi on the celebrated rock. In the course of his address to the vast assemblage, the Bishop said that the sphere of his labors was distant 14,000 miles away, yet his congregation was, he might say, wholly Irish. His flock were as Irish as themselves, professing the same faith and having the same aspirations, and imbued with the same spirit of heroism. He would even venture to say that the children brought up under the shadow of the Rock of Cashel were not more devout, and not more attached to the faith of their fathers than were the children brought up under the Southern Cross. They were taught the faith of their fathers in that far-off laud, and they were also taught the history of Ireland, their native land; so much so that the boys and girls there were just as Irish in every sense of the word as those within the borders of their own historic city. There was another word he wished to say to them. Very lately he had the honor of an audience with Pope Leo. After a few remarks, His Holiness asked him about his flock, and the priests in his diocese, and the answer he (Dr Moran) gave was that the priests and people there were all mostly from Ireland; that the Irish all the world over were firm in their attachment to the Holy Faith, in their devotion to the Head of the Church, and steadfast in the love of their native land. “Impress on your people,” said the Pope, “the love of peace, and tell them to keep away from revolution and secret societies,” He (Dr Moran) told the Pope that the Irish people were not given to revolution, and that secret societies were not much amongst them. His Holiness, in conclusion, said he would pray for the welfare of the Irish people, and ho also said that “ Home Rule for Ireland was coming; that it was near at hand; that it could not be prevented, and should soon be established.”

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BISHOP MORAN ON HOME RULE., Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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BISHOP MORAN ON HOME RULE. Issue 7994, 24 August 1889

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