July 30, 2020

Pandemic purgatory: Irish priest in holy island virus vigil

Pettigoe (Ireland) (AFP) – As people in Ireland endured months of coronavirus lockdown limbo, priest Laurence Flynn experienced his own private purgatory, keeping solitary vigil on a hallowed island usually crowded with pilgrims.After the nation shut down in late March, Father Flynn became the sole inhabitant of St. Patrick’s Purgatory on Lough Derg, a lake in County Donegal said to be where Christ showed Ireland’s patron saint the entrance to hell.Dating back to the fifth century, the holy site on Station Island is a place of Catholic pilgrimage where the faithful usually flock for three days…

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