Papal visit to be confirmed early in the new year
The Papal visit to Ireland will be officially announced just weeks into the new year.
Monsignor Piotr Tarnawski, deputy head of mission with the Dublin Nunciature, confirmed the official Vatican announcement would be made early next year at the latest.
Trips by the Pope are traditionally confirmed at least six months prior to the visit, however, Monsignor Tarnawski said that Pope Francis will be holding events in relation to the upcoming World Meeting of Families and he is likely to confirm his schedule then.
Pope Francis will visit Ireland to attend the World Meeting of Families in August.
Monsignor Tarnawski was speaking at the announcement of Bishop Brendan Kelly as the new Bishop of Galway, filling a role that had been vacant for over a year.
Bishop Kelly spoke of his delight at returning to his native county as the new bishop. He will officially be installed as Bishop of Galway on February 11 next year.