The Bishop of Cork and Ross was one of 30 Irish bishops and diocesan administrators to meet with the Pope.
He used the opportunity to ask about the issue of deaths by suicide in Cork.
“I told Pope Francis of the terrible sadness of suicide in our
community and that it is a common cause of death in young people,” he
“He told us that there are a number of causes, like unemployment and
other factors, but that it shows the importance of the home, love and
care, and family.”
Bishop Buckley said he hopes that people in schools can offer support to young people in need and be aware of distress.
He commended the work of Pieta House in Cork. The mental health
support service has dealt with 2,500 people since it opened in Cork
three years ago. “They are a very important and caring service,” he
The issue of homelessness in Cork and abroad was also discussed, according to Bishop Buckley.
“There is no moral justification for homelessness,” he said.