Extraordinary and joyful days captured for eternity

Extraordinary and joyful days captured for eternity

A beautiful commemorative book following Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland last August, has been released on sale this week. Pope Francis in Ireland is published by Columba Books and written in partnership with The Irish Catholic, leaving pilgrims with a lasting souvenir of this historic papal visit to Dublin and Knock, as well as the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) events and the preparations which took place across the 26 dioceses on the island.

The first papal visit to Ireland in almost 40 years and some 38 years after the then Fr Bergoglio spent three months in Dublin as a Jesuit priest, this spectacular book offers a fabulous photographic diary of the Pope Francis’ two-day intensive pilgrimage and covers the day-to-day events of the WMOF from August 21-26, offering in-depth reporting from the journalists of The Irish Catholic.

Starting with the tour of the Icon of the Holy Family and the various family celebrations held in dioceses across the island in preparation for WMOF, this colourful souvenir brings readers on a journey through the national opening ceremonies, the pastoral congress, Pope Francis’ arrival and his diplomatic and pastoral tour of Dublin, the Festival of Families in Croke Park, the papal visit to Knock Shrine and the closing Mass in the Phoenix Park.


The book also explores who Pope Francis is as an international leader and what his visit means for the Irish Church and people, including an introduction from renowned papal watcher, Fr Michael Collins.

Above all it captures the faithful Catholic people of Ireland who turned out in their tens of thousands to see their Pope, and commemorates those extraordinary and joyful few days in August which gave the Irish Church a much-needed boost of energy.

Pope Francis in Ireland retails at €24.99 and is available to order on 01-6874096, sales@columba.ie or online at www.columbabooks.com