Brazilian community to celebrate the visit of Pope to Ireland with the Portuguese mass

Hundreds of people from the Brazilian community in Ireland are preparing for a special Mass to celebrate the Pope's historic visit.

More than 500 people are expected to take part in the Portuguese language festival at the St Mary of the Angels church in the center of Dublin on Friday evening.

It will be attended by the Brazilian bishop Joao Bosco Barbosa de Sousa, who has flown to Dublin especially for Francis & # 39; s visit and the WMOF (World Meeting of Families) event.

Ricardo Fronz, of the Catolicos em Dublin group, said that the community is tremendously excited by the Pope's visit and they want to mark the occasion with a single mass.

"The pope was chosen by the Holy Spirit, by God, he is the second (in) commission here on earth so I have no words for us," he said.

"The community is so surprised, they are so happy, they are so happy, this is a unique opportunity in our lives."

He added: "I am sure that when the pope will give his blessing (in Phoenix Park on Sunday), we will be surprised, it will be a new start, a new life afterwards."

Mr Fronz founded the Catolicos em Dublin group almost 10 years ago in Dublin.

"Our first miss, we only had four people," he said.

"Now we have a large community and we have more than 300 people on Sunday mass (every week)."

He is one of around 70 volunteers from the Brazilian community in Dublin who assist with a series of WMOF events on the RDS.

Fronz said that he will see the Pope on Saturday afternoon up close when Francis visits the Capuchin Day Center for homeless people.

"I just shake my legs (already)," he said.

"The pope is going to visit the homeless and I get the chance to see him.

"I do not know if we are going to give hands or not, but we will have him in the same place as me.

"I am very happy and very honored and happy."

– Press Association

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