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    Pope Francis invited to visit Sligo

    Independent Councillor Marie Casserly has welcomed the news that Sligo County Council is the first council to invite Pope Francis to visit during his trip to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in 2018. Cllr Casserly, who drafted and submitted the motion to invite the Pope, which was passed unanimously, said that the county’s unique Christian tradition made it a perfect stop-off point during any future Papal visit.

    Speaking following the council meeting she said:  “Pope Francis’ commitment to the poor and helping those who are vulnerable is an inspiration. He sets an example to us all and I know people of all faiths and none see his vision and outlook as something which has and continues to make the world a better place.”

    “I am delighted that Sligo is the first county in Ireland to issue an official invite for Pope Francis to visit should he attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in 2018. This would be only the second time a Pope has visited Ireland and anyone old enough to remember the visit of John Paul II in 1979 will remember the profound impact he had across the country.

    “As well as the various beauty spots across Sligo, Innishmurray is one of Europe’s oldest surviving monastic settlements and as fine an example of our Christian heritage as you’ll see anywhere. Last time the Pope made it as far North as Knock, hopefully this time he’ll make it up the N4 to Sligo!,” she added.

    The invite will be issued to the Pope via the Papal Nuncio in Dublin, Archbishop Charles Brown. Pope Francis recently attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia when it was announced that the next meeting would take place in Dublin in 2018. The Pope is expected to attend that event which will see him make the 2,500km trip from Rome to Dublin.

    Pope Sligo Visit

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