pope francisPope Francis

The pope, who is 80, “will do everything he can”, to attend the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, a senior Vatican official, told journalists, as he announced plans and final dates for the ninth edition of the gathering of Catholic families.

The World Meeting of Families is to take place on 21-26 August.

Francis will be the first pope to visit Ireland since John Paul II in 1979.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland next year (RTÉ)

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17 thoughts on “Papa!

  1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

    “Richer than gold is the love of my Lord
    Better than splendour and wealth.”

    Must brush up on me aul hymns.

  2. Grace

    Great! Plenty of time to save up to get the hell out of Ireland that week. The fawning and sickening coverage from RTE will no doubt be unbearable.

    1. ahjayzis

      And do ya LIKE Ireland? And do ya LIKE the Irish people? And is there anything SPECIAL about Ireland? And aren’t we only MAD catholics. Can I offer you a child, father?

      1. Kieran Nice Young Chap


        I hate when interviewers try desperately to push an Irish angle when interviewing anyone foreign.

        Bang of insecurity.

        1. ahjayzis

          They could have the greatest figures in history on and waste precious interview time fishing for a auld pateen on the auld ceann.

  3. Starina

    I read a great headline today: “Pope Francis reduces penalties for paedophile priests to a lifetime of prayer”

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