Huge crowds from Donegal are expected to travel to Dublin to see the Holy Father Pope Francis who will arrive in Dublin, on Saturday, August 25th.
The Pope will attend part of the 9th World Meeting of Families which will take place from August 21st to the 26th.
The Festival of Families is the faith-based cultural concert of the World Meeting of Families six-day programme. The following day, Sunday 26 August, Pope Francis will be the chief celebrant at Holy Mass in the Phoenix Park and this liturgy will bring to a conclusion the World Meeting of Families 2018.
This morning, the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference warmly welcomed the announcement that the Holy Father will come to Ireland.
The bishops said: “On behalf of the faithful of Ireland we warmly welcome today’s announcement, by the Holy Father himself, that he plans to visit Dublin in August for the World Meeting of Families. We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families. With great anticipation we also look forward to hearing the apostolic guidance of His Holiness during his stay with us.”