Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Knock
It has been officially confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Knock during his time in Ireland
for the World Meeting of Families in August.
The Holy See Press Office has published the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland on 25 and 26 August.The official Papal itinerary is now available on the World Meeting of Families website.
It was announced that Pope Francis will visit Knock Shrine on Sunday 26 August to pray for families as part of his pastoral visit to Dublin. During his time in Knock Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel and give the Angelus address in front of the Apparition Chapel in the grounds of Knock Shrine.
Commenting following today’s release of the Holy Father’s itinerary, Father Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of the Shrine said, “It is an honour to welcome Pope Francis to Knock Shrine on behalf of our pilgrims, parishioners and staff. We are humbled that the Holy Father will come to spend time with us in Knock to pray for families.
“His Holiness has great devotion to Our Lady and also St Joseph, as represented on his Papal Coat of Arms. It is fitting that he should visit Knock, where an Apparition of Our Lady, St Joseph, St John and the Lamb of God was witnessed on 21st August 1879.”
“St John Paul II visited the Shrine to celebrate the centenary of the Apparition in 1979. We are delighted that Pope Francis will fly into Ireland West Airport Knock to begin his pilgrimage to the Shrine. Monsignor Horan, who was so instrumental in the development of the airport would be very proud to see this day.”
Preparations are underway to make the visit of Pope Francis a wonderful moment of prayer for families across Ireland and across the world. We look forward to sharing the unique message of Knock with visitors from home and abroad.
Visit to the Apparition Chapel
During his visit to Knock Shrine, Pope Francis will visit the Apparition Chapel, the sacred and historic site where the Apparition was seen on the 21 August 1879. of Our Lady, St Joseph and St John the Evangelist
Those who would like to attend must register on the World Meeting of Families website. Tickets may only be obtained by registering online via the WMOF2018 website. www.worldmeeting2018.ie
Local Accommodation: Please see our list of Local Accommodation
Transport: Further information regarding transport will become available at a later date. Please see the Transport for Ireland website.
Knock Itinerary Sunday 26 August
08:40 Departure by plane for Knock
09:20 Arrival at the Airport in Knock
Immediate transfer to the Shrine
09:45 Arrival at Knock Shrine
Visit to the Apparition Chapel at Knock Shrine
Angelus on the square in front of the Shrine
10:45 Transfer to the airport in Knock
11:10 Arrival at the airport in Knock
11:15 Departure by plane for Dublin
11:50 Arrival at Dublin International Airport
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