A vigil in remembrance of the victims of clerical abuse is being held at the Good Shepard convent in Waterford city this afternoon.
‘Baby Shoes Remember’ is a project that aims to unite all the protests against the Church.
It’s set to start at 3 o’clock but it’s expected people will arrive from 2.
They will be tying the shoes with black ribbon and placing them on the pathway and on the walls. Said organiser Leslie Hughes:
“It is a peaceful vigil, just to remember those that were lost and just to not let it go, like everything else, under the carpet and be forgotten.”
She told WLR News that there are victims of clerical abuse who will feel re-traumatised from the Pope’s visit and need solidarity.
There’s helpline support available this weekend for survivors of clerical, religious or institutional abuse and their family members. The Towards Healing Counselling and Support Service helpline, which has been operating since Wednesday, will be open from 2pm to 8pm today. The Helpline can be accessed by phoning 1800 303 416.