Pope Francis to tour homeless centre during Dublin visit in August 2018
Pope Francis will visit the Capuchin Centre for the Homeless during his tour of Dublin in August, it has been confirmed.
News of the visit was revealed by Brother Kevin Crowley of the Capuchin centre on this morning's Newstalk breakfast show.
Rumours of the plan, however, had been circulating for quite some time.
He said: "I'm so delighted, and I think it's absolutely fantastic, that none other than Pope Francis himself is arriving to Capuchin Day Centre.
"I think that's a huge, huge honour for the people in need, and for the homeless people.
"Archbishop [Diarmuid Martin] is really responsible for that, and I'm so thankful to Diarmuid Martin to arrange for the Pope to be coming," he added.
The Pope will visit the centre as part of a packed two-day schedule that will see him tra vel through city centre before arriving in Phoenix Park to perform the Final Mass on Sunday, 26 August.
His visit is scheduled as part of the Meeting of the Families 2018, an event celebrating the faith of religious communities that will run for five days between 21st to 26th of August.
Pope Francis is due to be present on the final two days.
The Phoenix Park event is predicted to see an estimated 600,000 people, which is just a quarter of the crowd present during the last Pope's visit in 1979 but still remains a significant proportion.Source: Google News