Bishop of Elphin defends 5th collection for Papal visit

The Bishop of Elphin is defending the holding of a fifth national collection later this month to help pay the remaining costs of the visit by Pope Francis in August.
The church has said that the World Meeting of Families deficit is in the region of €4 million and so far a total of €15.4 million has been raised through previous national collections and donations.

Speaking on the Joe Finnegan show this morning Bishop Doran says the money could be gathered successfully if every adult catholic and family was willing to donate the cost of a coffee or pizza.
He says if enough money isn’t raised through the special collections on the 11th and 12th, the funds will have to be taken from each Diocese in the country.