Source: The Guardian
BY Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent
Pope Francis is to visit Ireland in August, just three months after the country votes in a deeply divisive referendum that could lead to legal abortions in the republic’s hospitals.
The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that the first papal visit to Ireland since 1979 will take place during a “World Meeting of Families” week that runs from 21 to 26 August.
He will celebrate mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on Sunday 26 August – the same venue where Pope John Paul II preached to nearly 1 million Catholics 39 years ago.