Pope Francis is set to visit a homeless shelter when he arrives for a two-day visit to Ireland in August.

The Capuchin Day Centre said that it had received confirmation from Vatican officials that the Pope will visit on the afternoon of 25 August.

The Pope will be in Ireland as part of the Catholic Church's World Meeting of Families.

Brother Kevin Crowley from the centre said it was absolutely fantastic news and was a great honour for the homeless and a great recognition for those in need.

However, a spokesperson for the Catholics Communications Office said it could not confirm the visit to the Capuchins and said it is hoped that Pope Francis' final itinerary will be finalised in the coming weeks.

The spokesperson said as of now only two of the Pope's engagements have been finalised.

They are his attendance at Croke Park on 25 August for the Festival of Families and the closing mass the following day in the Phoenix Park.

He is due to leave Ireland on 26 August.