Dublin, 28th November 2016.- Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said he was very pleased to hear that Pope Francis told Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning that he hopes to visit Ireland for a short visit for the World Meeting of Families in 2018. He said it confirms the importance of the World Meeting for the Church in Ireland and around the world.
Preparations for the World Meeting are already underway. Archbishop Martin is on his way to Rome this afternoon (Monday) to meet with Cardinal Kevin Farrell head of the Pontifical Council for the Family who will be planning the World Meeting, with the host diocese of Dublin. Archbishop Martin said it was an important gift from Pope Francis to the Irish Church and the Church globally.
He said he welcomed the fact that the Taoiseach had reiterated the government’s commitment to providing all appropriate arrangements in the event of Pope Francis coming to Ireland in August of 2018. ENDS
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