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Speaking at Dublin Castle today, ahead of the Pope's address Taoiseach Leo Varadkar took a moment to call on Pope Francis to ask him to use his power to make right the past wrongs of the Irish Catholic Church.

He told the congregation that there was still much to be done to achieve justice for victims of clerical abuse, and that there must be zero tolerance for the actions of the perpetrators and those who were involved in cover ups.

'It is a history of sorrow and shame. In place of Christian charity, forgiveness and compassion, far too often there was judgement, severity and cruelty, in particular, towards women and children and those on the margins,' he said, according to The Journal.

“Magdalene Laundries, Mother and Baby Homes, industrial schools, illegal adoptions and clerical child abuse are stains on our State, our society and also the Catholic Church.

“Wounds are still open and there is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors.

“Holy Father, I ask that you use your office and influence to ensure this is done here in Ireland and across the World,” Varadkar said.

'There can only be zero tolerance for those who abuse innocent children or who facilitate that abuse.

'We must now ensure that from words flow actions.'

'Above all, Holy Father, I ask to you to listen to the victims.'

Varadkar also praised the Church for their positive influence on the country, and for the kindness and charity shown by Catholic organisations.

'As we struggle with a housing shortage and homelessness, Catholic organizations and people inspired by their Catholic faith fill a gap in providing services, for example, through organisations like CrossCare.'

'Holy Father, during your papacy, we have all witnessed your compassion for those on the edge of our society, those who have not shared in our relative prosperity, those you have slipped through the net.'

During the Pope's address, he acknowledged the dark crimes of the past, saying he shared the 'pain and shame of the Catholic community' but did not issue a public apology. 



One of the many celebs tweeting yesterday about Pope Francis's arrival to the US was Kim Kardashian, and while she had nothing bad to say, her well wishes got VERY lost in translation.

Showing she's still a God-fearing Christian, the reality star was sure to welcome the Pope to America with a short message reading, "The Pope is Dope."

The #popeisdope hashtag had already been doing the rounds on Twitter yesterday, but one South American publication picked up on Kim's tweet and got the wrong end of the stick entirely.

An angry op-ed published online by Argentinan news site Primicias Ya took serious issue with the tweet, asking "Did Kim Kardashian attack the Pope?"

Most would take the meaning of "dope" in that context to mean something positive, but it seems Primicias Ya's writer was relying only on Google Translate and a shaky knowledge of American English slang.

Their direct translation for the tweet was "El Papa es droga," or "The Pope is drugs." Oops.

"What could Kim be referring to? Without a doubt, this couldn’t be positive," the article finishes. "How do you interpret her message?”

Luckily, a quick flick through the comments reveals that quite a few people in Argentina are aware of the OTHER meaning of dope, so we're sure Kim won't be Public Enemy Number 1 for long.