Pope’s August visit to Ireland will include quick trip to Knock
Pope Francis’ brief visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families from 25th to 26th August will include a quick trip to the Marian shrine at Knock and a special meeting with homeless families.
He also will meet representatives of survivors of clerical abuse and residential abuse – such as Magdalen laundries and mother and baby homes – during the course of his two days in Ireland.
In Maynooth, Ireland, on 11th June, the day the pope’s itinerary was published, Archbishop Michael Neary of Tuam, custodian of the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock, told reporters, “One of the most beautiful sights at Knock is to see families, sometimes the three generations, praying and enjoying the peace and tranquility of the shrine.”
The apparition at Knock in 1879, he said, “was family apparition.” Fifteen people in the village said they saw the apparition of Mary, Joseph, a lamb representing Jesus, and St John the Evangelist, to whom Jesus entrusted Mary as his mother.
The Primate of All-Ireland and Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, told media he expected many Northern Ireland Catholics to travel to Knock for the occasion now that a papal visit north of the border had been ruled out.
He added that they were still “delighted that he is coming to this island, and we’ll celebrate that and make the most of it.”
Picture: General view of Knock Shrine Co Mayo, where Pope Francis will visit during his trip to the Republic of Ireland in August for the World Meeting of Families 2018. ( Julien Behal/PA).