Limerick priest’s meeting with pope Francis

Anne Sheridan

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Anne Sheridan

Fr Eamonn Conway, of Mary Immaculate College, presenting a book to Pope Francis at the Vatican last week, with Cathal Barry, a co-author, holding the book
a Limerick-based priest has said it was a “privilege” and a “great honour” to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, and present him with a copy of his book.

a Limerick-based priest has said it was a “privilege” and a “great honour” to meet Pope Francis at the Vatican, and present him with a copy of his book.

Fr Eamonn Conway, head of theology and religious studies at Mary Immaculate College, travelled to the Vatican last week to present Pope Francis with a copy of his latest book. The book is a companion and study guide to the pontiff’s recent encyclical on the environment, Praise Be To You.

“It was a great privilege to meet Pope Francis personally,” Fr Conway told the Limerick Leader after his trip to Rome, during which his meeting with the Pope was undoubtedly the “highlight”.

“Even though he meets so many people, he makes time for everyone. While we were in an area where we knew we’d meet him, he first went to greet the sick and disabled, which I found impressive and it says a lot about the person he is, and the way we all should be,” said Fr Conway, a native of Tuam, who has been in Limerick for 16 years.

Alas, he said there was no discussion of the Pope’s potential visit to Ireland next year, which is already being greatly anticipated.

The study guide, which was written with journalist Cathal Barry of the Irish Catholic, was first published this summer. It quickly sold out and is now in its second print. Fr Conway, a prolific author, is now working on a book about the spirituality of Lough Derg.