It's been confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Knock during his 2-day trip to Ireland in August.

Details of the Pontiff's visit here have been confirmed by the Vatican and the Irish Bishops' Conference.

The purpose of the Pope's trip to Ireland is to attend the World Meeting of Families on 25 / 26 August.

Pope Francis will fly from Rome to Dublin on Saturday morning 25th August, arriving in Dublin at 10.30.

His first stop is a visit to President Michael D Higgins at Aras an Uachtarain, and he will then visit Dublin Castle, the Pro-Cathedral and the Capuchin Day Centre for the Homeless before arriving at Croke Park on the Saturday evening for the Feast of Families.

On Sunday 26th August, Pope Francis will fly from Dublin to Ireland West Airport Knock, arriving at 9.20 am and he will travel onto Knock Shrine for a one hour visit, arriving at 9.45 where he will be driven around the Shrine in the Popemobile, and will have time for private prayers in the Apparition Chapel before saying the Angelus on the square in front of the shrine.

At 10.45, the Pope leaves Knock Shrine to travel back to Knock Airport and depart for Dublin, where he arrives at the Phoenix Park to celebrate Mass at 3pm.

The Pope will meet with the Irish Bishops in Dublin on the Sunday evening before departing from Dublin Airport for Rome.

The Archbishop of Tuam Michael Neary has welcomed confirmation of the Pope's visit to Knock Shrine, where the World Meeting of Families icon was launched last August.

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