Seeking to respond to a global outcry over sex abuse by priests, Francis cited measures taken by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, to respond to the crisis. But he provided no new indications that he would take forceful action to hold bishops accountable for protecting children or to sanction them when they fall short.
"I myself share those sentiments", he said.
Deeply Catholic Ireland has had one of the world's worst records of clergy sex abuse, crimes that were revealed to its 4.8 million people over the past decade by a series of government-mandated inquiries.
He described abuse within the Church as "caca", literally translated "filth as one sees in the toilet", as his translator politely clarified.
Irish society has changed fundamentally and abuse scandals have shredded the church's moral authority.
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Pope Francis leads a mass to mark the first World Day of the Poor on 19 November 2017 at St Peter's Basilica in Vatican.
And many faithful were hopeful.
Barker said that while many had renounced the faith, others saw the Catholic religion as part of the culture of the country.
"The appeal, the power, and the draw of the Catholic Church in Ireland has waned in recent years".
"There is much to be done to bring about justice and truth and healing for victims and survivors".
Irish abuse victims and their supporters were to hold a solidarity rally Sunday in Dublin at the same time Francis is celebrating his final Mass to close out the rally.
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Separately, survivors of Ireland's wretched "mother and baby homes" - where children were exiled for the shame of having been born to unwed mothers - are holding their own demonstration Sunday.
The Irish government in 2015 launched a commission to investigate 18 such homes - the last of which closed in 1996 - after revelations that up to 800 infants may have died over several decades at one run by Catholic nuns in Tuam.
In Ireland on Saturday, Pope Francis said the anger of Catholics at bishops' failure in response to the sexual abuse crisis is appropriate and that he shares those feelings. Another U.S. cardinal, Sean O'Malley, also backed out as he handles a probe into alleged sexual misconduct at a seminary.
"We can not stay silent as the Vatican uses its power and pomp to forcefully deny the reality of the harm it has done,"organizers wrote on Facebook, where almost 3,000 people had signed up to attend".
The letter directly referred to the Pennsylvania report, which "detailed the experiences of at least 1,000 survivors, victims of sexual abuse, the abuse of power and of conscience at the hands of priests over a period of approximately 70 years", the Pope wrote.
There can only be zero tolerance for those who abuse children or facilitate that abuse.
A plane carrying Francis and his entourage landed at Dublin International Airport on Saturday after a two-hour flight from Rome.
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The Argentinian Pope remains highly popular in Ireland, and tens of thousands of people are expected at Dublin's Croke Park stadium Saturday evening for a concert-style event.