Mar 23, 2018

Pope Francis confirms attendance at WMoF2018

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Pope’s visit will be unique celebration of faith and family – Bishop Leahy

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Bishop of Limerick Brendan Leahy has said that confirmation of the Papal visit to Ireland in August is a moment to celebrate for all members of the Catholic faith and for the country.

Welcoming the announcement today, Bishop Leahy said:  “This is a day of great celebration for the Catholic faithful.  It is almost 40 years since we had a Papal visit here and this is only the second papal visit in our history. Some 3.7million people on this island are of the Catholic faith so to have the global leader of that faith coming here is a huge moment for our nation. There are people all over Ireland today excitedly making plans to be in either Croke Park or the Phoenix Park and it is going to be a wonderful moment in all our lives.

“Pope Francis is coming here because of the World Meeting of Family celebrations and, in its own right, hosting these celebrations here this year is a great privilege for our country and an opportunity for us to restate the importance of family in Irish culture.  But from Ireland’s perspective and, indeed, the Church in Ireland’s perspective, the Papal visit to our shores right now is in its own right hugely important and very timely.  We have had many crises over the years and our Church is in need of a renewal and the Pope’s visit will be that and much more.  Pope Francis’ papacy has been very much about healing, reconciliation and love – attributes he will bring here and leave us all the better for as we go forward renewed as a Church following his visit.”

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The much awaited announcement of Pope Francis visit to Ireland, to celebrate with the World Meeting of Families; was received with huge joy and excitement all over the country.

The WMoF2018 office was buzzing with activity and the call centre was exceptionally busy throughout the day, with enquiries about tickets for the event and how to register. For those asking about tickets for the Closing Mass and Festival of Families there is NO CHARGE to see the Pope.

Tickets will go on general release for the Festival of Families and Closing Mass as soon as possible and we will post in Facebook and our e-newsletter as soon as we have information available. The full week long program for World Meeting of Families is available at

You can also check the WMoF2018 website updates with a new section dedicated to the Pope’s visit:, including frequently asked questions HERE

All the information tickets and registration can be found in here:…/Tic…/Congress-Registration

Limerick Diocese is currently preparing to hold a workshop for Volunteers and Registration in late April. Details will be sent to parishes in the coming week.