Various Irish Jesuits were prominent in the news and media coverage during the lead-up to the visit of Pope Francis on 25 August. In particular demand was Gerry O’Hanlon SJ, whose recently published book, The Quiet Revolution of Pope Francis: A Synodal Catholic Church in Ireland? (available from Messenger Publications ») was a valuable starting point for pre-visit commentary. He appeared in a panel discussion on RTÉ’s Prime Time on Friday, 24 August. View here [41:30] ». He also contributed to various current affairs and discussion programmes on BBC World Service, TV3, and Marian Finucane (listen here »), as well as in a number of international newspaper articles. Gerry speaks with Pat Coyle about his book on Pope Francis here »
Michael O’Sullivan was also kept busy by news outlets in the lead-up to the visit. Particularly valuable was his interview with Wendy Grace of iCatholic concerning the previous visit of FR Jorge Bergoglio to Milltown in 1980. View here ». Michael met the future pope at that time. This video was shown at the World Meeting of Families in the RDS.
Michael’s experience of living in Chile under Pinochet also made him the ideal man to interview about Pope Francis’s Latin American background. He was interviewed by BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 4 television news, as well as for radio news on BBC Radio Ulster. See BBC article here ». Michael also featured on a discussion panel on TV3 and was interviewed by the New York Times..
Other Irish Jesuits who made themselves available for comment on the Pope’s visit were Brendan McManus, on Downtown Radio, and Kevin O’Rourke on various local radio stations. Kevin talks with Pat Coyle about Pope Francis shortly before the visit here »