Taoiseach's 'hopes' for NI pope visit

Published Sunday, 27 April 2014
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The Taoiseach has said he hopes Pope Francis could go to Northern Ireland, should he accept an invitation to visit the Republic of Ireland.

Taoiseach's 'hopes' for NI pope visit
Pope Francis celebrated a Mass during the canonisation of two popes in Rome. (© Getty)

Enda Kenny revealed he has invited the Pontiff to Ireland, while attending the canonisation of the Pope John Paul II and John XXIII in Rome on Sunday.

It comes after the Irish senate unanimously agreed to formally invite the pope to Ireland last month.

Mr Kenny said that if the invitation was accepted he would hope Pope Francis would also travel to Northern Ireland during his visit.

Earlier this month, Belfast City Council voted to extend an invite to the pope should he ever visit the Republic.

The only papal visit to the island was in September 1979 when more than a million people turned out to see Pope John Paul II in Dublin's Phoenix Park.

A planned visit to Armagh was cancelled by the Vatican after the IRA murdered the Queen's cousin, Lord Mountbatten, and ambushed 18 soldiers a month earlier.

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5 Comments
Dorothy in Kansas wrote (186 days ago):
Tonzer in North Belfast wrote: "(it) will be particularly poignant considering the hardships the Church has been through over the last number of years over the child abuses scandals..." Surely it's the abused children who have been going through hardship, all the church has been doing is trying to cover its tracks.
culchy in the stix wrote (186 days ago):
"Taoiseach's 'hopes' for NI pope visit" and I pray that one day we will live in a non-secular society.
Tonzer in North Belfast wrote (186 days ago):
It will be a great day for Ireland if Pope Francis decides to accept the Taoiseachs invitation, and will be particularly poignant considering the hardships the Church has been through over the last number of years over the child abuses sandanls. It will be a great way to unite the Church and send a message that the Catholic Faith is dealing with these problems head on. Pope Francis has already proven that he has the ability to bring followers back to the Church. He is a great man
Ian in Ballymena wrote (187 days ago):
Why not good idea.
Jos in Belfast wrote (187 days ago):
Why not times have changed and anyway RC church and C of I are closer than ever.
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