Papal Nuncio hopes to see pope visit West of Ireland

The pope’s representative to Ireland hopes to see Pope Francis visit the west when he comes to Ireland in 2018.

It was announced earlier today that Pope Francis would be visiting Ireland in August 2018.

The invitation to the pope came from the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference to visit Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in two years’ time.

Speaking exclusively to Ocean FM Archbishop Charles J Brown Papal Nuncio said he is sure Enda Kenny will also invite the pope to Knock.

The papal nuncio was speaking following an event at Calry Church this morning.

The event which celebrated the lives & memories of those of catholic and protestant beliefs drew a large crowd to the church.

Laurel & Poppy wreaths commemorating those who died in world wars one & two were laid by representatives of the Pope and the Queen.

Archbishop Charles J Brown Papal Nuncio & Mrs. Gail Boyd deputy lieutenant of Co. Tyrone were joined as special guests by Minister for Rural Affairs Heather Humphreys, members of An Garda Siochana, the Irish defence forces and Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran.

Minister Humphreys told Ocean FM it was an historic occasion.

The large crowd listened intently to the stories of George McBride and Winifred Carney. Two people from different religious backgrounds with similar experiences of war in the early 20th century.

The names of all those from Sligo Grammer School, An Garda Siochana and the defence forces killed on active duty were then read out.

Following the laying of wreaths a 2 minute silence was held in memory of the fallen.