Taoiseach to extend a personal invitation to Ireland to Pope Francis at meeting next week
Published 23/11/2016 | 12:51
Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet with Pope Francis in The Vatican next Monday.
Mr Kenny today said he asked for the meeting with the Pontiff at this stage to tell of his support for the Irish Catholic bishop’s invitation for Pope Francis to come to Ireland in 2018.
It is widely expected that the Pope will visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018. Mr Kenny is to tell him that all the courtesies of a state visit would be accorded.
“The Taoiseach will also take the opportunity to personally welcome the decision by Pope Francis to hold the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August 2018,” a government official said.
“He will express the full support of the Government for the invitation by the Irish Bishops Conference to Pope Francis to visit Ireland in the context of that meeting, and assure the Pope that the normal state courtesies and support will be extended to him if he decides to come to Ireland,” he added.
The Taoiseach and the Pontiff are also expected to discuss a number of issues of mutual and global interest. These include Irish-Vatican relations, developments in the European Union, and migration.