The late Cardinal O Fiaich told me exclusively the full story of how he was sitting in the Vatican with the Pope’s most senior advisers planning the Papl visit to Armagh city when word came through that Earl Mountbatten had been killled followed by the deaths of eighteen soldiers at Narrowater at Warrenpoint.
The Pope wanted to defy the bombers when Cardinal O Fiaich was advised ” Back at home the atmosphere was too poisoned.” The Pope declared:
” Isn’t it all the more important that I go to Armagh.? ”
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