Pope Francis will travel to Ireland in August 2018, as reported from Irish media, reporting the announcement made by Prime Minister Enda Kenny. This morning she was received in private audience by the Holy Father. The apostolic visit of the Pope will be held on the occasion of the Family world Day in Dublin, in August 2018, from 22 to 26.
Kenny, as reported by the Irish media, received the confirmation of the Pope’s visit to Dublin, she explained that the Irish government “will cooperate and assist” every necessary step to an extension of the visit also in Ulster. The last visit of a Pope in Ireland dates back almost 40 years ago, to 1979, with the visit of John Paul II. It is also not excluded that Bergoglio will be able to realize the desire of his predecessor: travel to Northern Ireland. Wojtyla, as explained by the Prime Minister Kenny, he could not go due to the tensions of that time.
Underlining her appreciation for the positive decision of Francis, the premier Kenny explained that the Pope is aware of the role of the Catholic Church in the peace process in Ulster, and “he did not say not to go in Northern Ireland”. A private hearing in which took part a South African priest who had the role of translator, the Irish Prime Minister gave to the Pope a color print representing the Nativity, created by the artist Harry Clarke, while Bergoglio countered with an etching of the project of St. Peter’s Basilica Greek cross that was never built, and with copies of his works, Evangelii gaudier, Laudato si’ e Amoris laetitia, together with a traditional peace medallion.