From France 24:
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 of fasting, barefoot prayer and all-night vigils. But the pandemic, which has killed 1,764 people in Ireland, has seen the summer pilgrimage season cancelled for the first time since 1828.
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