Will you be attending the Pope’s mass in August this year?
Pope Francis has confirmed he will make the first papal trip to Ireland in nearly 40 years, visiting Dublin on August 25-26 for a Church meeting on families.
The World Meeting of Families is taking place in Dublin August 21-26. The 81 year old Pope will preside at the closing ceremonies on the final two days.
He will take part in the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croke Park on August 25 and the following day he will celebrate mass in the Phoenix Park.
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has welcomed the news today and said they are "deeply honoured" that the pontiff has chosen to come to Dublin.
Full details of the Pope's visit will be released at a later date.
Last month, the third national collection to help fund the visit and the World Meeting of Families took place in parishes across Ireland.
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin has estimated the cost of both at €20million. He said the two national collections which took place last year brought in €5 million.
He did not rule out help from the Vatican and, when asked about the State, said he believed a visit by Pope Francis would be treated the same way as the 2011 visits of Queen Elizabeth and US president Barack Obama.
Speaking in the Dáil in January Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “even though it is not formally a State visit the assistance provided to Pope Francis will be the same as if it were.” His department was assisting Church authorities in the organisation and preparation of the visit, he said.
A spokeswoman for the WMoF2018 said funds raised in the national collections would help defray costs of hosting the gathering and the papal visit.” She expected there would be at least one more national collection, possibly in June.
Funding is also being sought from likely contributors in the Irish business world and from Irish America, including those who helped fund the last World Meeting of Families at Philadelphia in 2015.
Today I want to know if you are happy about the visit.
Do you think it will benefit the country?
It will bring tourism to Ireland, there is no doubt about that but in the grand scheme of things, it could cost the state too.
The church is adamant that it won’t cost the state but Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin said he believed it would be treated like a state visit similar to the Queen and President Obama which did cost money with road closures, security and more.
I want to know what you think of the visit. Are you happy about it?
So – will you be attending the Pope’s mass in the Pheonix park?