Pope to Visit Ireland in June 2012

The Joe
October 17, 2010

Benedict XVI plans to visit Ireland between 10-17 June 2012 for the Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

The Pope visited the United Kingdom in September, disappointing many Irish Catholics for not extending his visit to the the Republic.

A senior Vatican Official has confirmed that a visit was likely to happen in the next two years.

"There is a strong likelihood that Pope Benedict will visit Ireland in 2012 as part of the Eucharistic Congress, which is being held in Dublin," the official said.

"This year has been a troubled time for the Church in Ireland and His Holiness has expressed his closeness to the people and to the clergy - what better way to show his closeness than by a visit to the faithful."

It has been 31 years since the last Papal visit to Ireland, when Pope John Paul II came in 1979.

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