Pope Francis to visit Ireland in 2018

Taoiseach Enda Kenny made the announcement during his visit to the Vatican today. The visit will be the first since John Paul II 1979 visit. RTE reported Taoiseach Kenny held a 23-minute meeting with the Pontiff in which he confirmed the visit. An invitation was extended to Francis by the Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference to visit the World Meeting of Families in 2018.