Pope Francis visits Ireland with the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar who says "he is certainly a welcome guest and I look forward to greeting him during the visit."
Pope Francis became the Holy Father in 2013 after Pope Benedict had resigned because of poor health, and is seen by many as a liberalizing force.
The last pope to visit the Republic of Ireland was Pope John Paull II who in 1979 drew more than 2.5 million people.
It is unclear whether Francis will receive such a delightful welcome, especially in the light of the country's recent decision to … yes & # 39; to vote in a referendum on the liberalization of Irish abortion law.
Anyway, the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland will be a historical spectacle.
When does he visit?
Pope Francis arrives in Ireland on the night August 25 and will leave the next evening August 26th.
Why is he visiting?
Dublin organizes the World Meeting of Families, an international Catholic event that takes place every three years.
He arrives for the closing events of the World Meeting of Families and becomes the most important celebrant during the final Mass at the Pheonix Park in Dublin on 26 August.
His visit will also be one of the greatest support and comfort for Irish Catholics.
The Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, President of the Worldwide Meeting of Families 2018, said: "We are waiting with great anticipation for the visit of Pope Francis, who will undoubtedly be an opportunity for spiritual renewal for our lay people, religious and clergy, as well as a strengthening Christian family life. "
Pope & # 39; s route – where you can see it
The itinerary of Pope Francis
Apart from the above-mentioned work with the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis has an action-packed journey and even though he is not in the country for 36 hours, he will fit in a lot.
He arrives in Dublin on Saturday 25 August at 10:30 am and after an official welcome he will be taken to the presidential residence before he goes to Dublin Castle at 12:10 for a meeting with the authorities, civil society and the diplomatic corps. Dublin Castle, where he will give a speech.
In the afternoon he visits the Cathedral of St. Mary before he visits the homeless families of the Capuchin Fathers, an order of brothers within the Catholic Church.
In the evening he visits Croke Park Stadium to give his speech at the World Meeting of Families.
On Sunday, August 26, he visits Knock Shire in the morning where apparently was an apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Then he will say the Angelus – a prayer in devotion to the Virgin Mary – before the shrine before returning to Dublin to say the Mass in Phoenix Park at 3:00 PM before meeting the bishops.
After a farewell ceremony, he leaves Ireland at 18.45 on a plane back to Rome.
Speaking of whirlwind!
Controversy and protests
The abortion reference in May of this year confirmed only what many already knew: that Pope Francis would visit a much secularized Ireland to the one pope John Paull II visited in 1979.
The scandal of abuse has seriously damaged the reputation of the Church in Ireland and it is expected that the groups of victims will be furiously protesting that the church still has to deal with their grievances.
Margaret McGuckin, who leads special calls for the payment of victims of ill-treatment in Catholic homes in Northern Ireland, said: "I am sure that there will be many of our surviving groups in the south who will protest.
"Our groups will be there to protest, there is still a cover-up and we still know that no proper research has been done into the abuse of the Christian brothers.
"People could become very angry and angry that the pope is still coming, I do not think it's a good time to come here."
Furthermore, there was a Facebook group called & # 39; Say Nope to the Pope & # 39;
Jonathan Keane, 32, is a member of the group and said he booked 800 tickets for different events when the tickets were released. He does not intend to use them so that the event will be unmonitored.
The Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, a world star, will perform during the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.
Bocelli said: "Singing for Pope Francis is a privilege for our soul, it is an honor for what the highest pope in the world represents.
"For the indescribable human vulnerability, typical of the average man like myself, it is a great pleasure and enormous satisfaction to even have the privilege of being close to someone with such an exceptional interest and grace.
"It is a pleasure to be able to offer my most modest contribution on the occasion of this great meeting and the moment of reflection on the family.
"The family remains the strongest building block of society, a cluster of affection and a privileged space where you can learn and learn – in every action – how to choose a life that leads to the greater good."
Pope will meet Irish victims of abuse
In Ireland, Pope Francis meets with some victims of spiritual sexual abuse that the Vatican has said.
In a letter to the faithful, Pope Francis denounced the & # 39; atrocities & # 39; of sexual abuse of children and the ensuing obfuscation.
Ireland's Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop Eamon Marting, described insults as "sinful and criminal," saying that he expects Pope Francis to meet with victims of sexual abuse.
Businesswoman Norah Casey helps raise € 21 for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin and confirmed that Pope Francis would travel in a Skoda.
When she talked about & # 39; Marian Finucane Show & # 39; of RTE Radio One had, she said that Skoda was supplying vehicles for the big event.
She said, "He controls a Skoda while he is in Ireland.
This does not come as a surprise to those who are familiar with the pontificate of Pope Francis, because he emphasizes humility and modesty in everything he does.
New Twitter emoji
In honor of the Pope's visit, Twitter has created a new emoji in favor of his papal visit.
The emoji consists of the smiling face of the pope against a background of an Irish flag and can be generated by a large number of hashtags such as #PopeInIreland.
Francis is an active user of social media, with more than 17.7 million followers, and has previously made an emoji about him when he visited the United States and Latin America.
Will Pope Francis go to the United Kingdom?
In 2010, Pope Benedict visited the United Kingdom, the first state visit by the Pope to the United Kingdom, a great opportunity for British Catholics.
In 2016, Archbishop Paul Gallagher saop Pope Francis "certainly" visited the UK, referring to his love of British people and literature.
He told ITV News: "I think so [Pope Francis] has enormous respect for Britain, our traditions. For example, he seems to be very familiar with our literature and I think he can see Great Britain and the British as far as I can. "
New film about the pope
Wim Wenders documentary Pope Francis – a man of his words has an English release on August 10, 2018.