Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Pope Francis tipped for Armagh during his visit to Ireland in 2018

From Ireland-

POPE Francis is set to travel to Armagh, Ireland's ecclesiastical capital, when he visits Ireland in August 2018.

There was strong speculation on Monday night that the pontiff will visit the city's Catholic and Anglican cathedrals and hold an open-air Mass.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed a long-awaited papal trip to Ireland after meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican.

It is expected he will travel north as part of his itinerary and among venues suggested for an open-air Mass has been Armagh's Athletic GAA grounds.

However, SDLP councillor Thomas O'Hanlon said on Monday that the venue "would need to be able to accommodate the tens of thousands and possibly hundreds of thousands of people who would want to attend".

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