Pope Francis thanks Limerick for 'gracious gesture' of invite

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

Pope Francis: invited to Limerick

Pope Francis: invited to Limerick

POPE Francis has expressed his thanks to the people of Limerick for the “gracious gesture” of an invite during his impending tour of Ireland.

The information came to light following a question from Fine Gael councillor Elenora Hogan as to whether there is an update on the possibility of the Holy Father coming to Limerick.

In a written reply, Christy O’Connor, senior executive officer at the local authority, stated: “The Apolostic Nuncio has confirmed the invitation has been forwarded to the Holy Father. He has also confirmed the letter inviting him to visit Limerick has been received by the Holy Father, who has expressed his appreciation for this gracious gesture.”

Cllr Hogan, said: “I’m delighted he has received the invitation. I just hope he looks at it favourable and considers Limerick as a possible place to visit when he visits this country.”

While it looks highly likely the Pope will visit Ireland this year for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in August, indications to date are that he will not visit Limerick.