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Key moments from the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland.

Pope Francis departs Rome

Pope Francis departed from Rome on an Alitalia Airbus 320. The Pope and his delegation were joined by around 71 accredited journalists on the flight.


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Pope says Irish visit a 'happy memory'

Speaking to journalists on board his flight to Dublin, the Pope said he was returning to Ireland after 38 years and described his visit at the time as a "happy memory".


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Touchdown at Dublin Airport

At 10.26am the Alitalia Airbus 320 landed, marking the beginning of the Pope's two-day visit in Ireland.


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Archbishop Martin greets the Pope

Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin greets Pope Francis at Dublin Airport. 


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Pope welcomed at Áras an Uachtaráin

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina welcomes Pope Francis at Áras an Uachtaráin.


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'With gratitude for the warm welcome'

Pope Francis signs the visitors' book before a private meeting with President Higgins.


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Tree planted to mark Pope's visit

Following his private meeting with President Higgins, Pope Francis planted a tree in the garden of Áras an Uachtaráin.


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Pope hopes NI peace process will 'overcome every remaining obstacle'

During his speech at Dublin Castle, Pope Francis expressed hope that remaining obstacles to reconciliation in Northern Ireland could be overcome.


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Pope speaks of 'pain and shame' over clerical abuse

Speaking at the State reception, he said the failure by the Catholic Church to address the abuse of young people remains a source of pain and shame.


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Ireland a 'very different place' today

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Ireland of the 21st century is a very different place today than it was in the past. He said that Ireland is "increasingly diverse".


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'Wounds are still open'

When speaking about Ireland's history of "sorrow and shame", Leo Varadkar appealed to Pope Francis to use his "office and influence" to ensure abuse survivors receive "justice, truth and healing".


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Pope meets with the public on Sean McDermott Street

Pope Francis meets with members of the public who have lined the streets to see him.


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Pope travels to the Pro-Cathedral in the popemobile

Pope Francis travels from Seán McDermott Street to an event at the the Pro-Cathedral


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Pope Francis in silent prayer at Pro-Cathedral

The Pope sat for a number of minutes in silent prayer at the Candle of Innocence, a perpetually lit candle for the victims of clerical sex abuse.


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'Older people are wise, even mothers-in-law'

Addressing a congregation compromising of hundreds of young couples, Pope Francis said that older people had great wisdom, even making a joke, saying: "Even the mothers-in-law, even they are wise."


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The Pope journeys through Dublin's streets in the popemobile

Thousands line the streets as Pope Francis makes his way from the Pro-Cathedral to the Capuchin Day Centre, where he will meet several friars and volunteers


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Pope Francis meets volunteers at the Capuchin Day Centre

The Pope paid a private visit to the Capuchin Day Centre, which supports many of Dublin's homeless, and praised the work being done there. He met with friars, volunteers and homeless people at the Centre


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Arrival at Croke Park for the Festival of Families

Pope Francis arrives at Croke Park to address the Festival of Families. The pontiff toured around the stadium in a golf buggy, giving those sitting around the stadium a chance to glimpse him.


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Irish dancing for the Pope

Young Irish dancers get to showcase their skills in front of the Pontiff, as well as a packed Croke Park. Pope Francis was also treated to a special performance of Riverdance.

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Pope departs Croke Park

Pope Francis departs from Croke Park, following the Festival of Families which included Irish dancing, classical music, children's choirs, as well as testimonies given by families from across the globe.


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Pope Francis travels to Knock

Just before 9am on the second day of his visit, Pope Francis departed Dublin Airport to Knock, Co Mayo.

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A321 St Aidan lands at Knock

Pope Francis lands at Knock Airport where he will pray the Angelus and deliver an address at the Marian Shrine.


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Warm welcome for Pope Francis

Around 100 schoolchildren from Co Mayo were among those who welcomed Pope Francis when he landed at Knock Airport.


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Will it break the 'curse'?

Before boarding the plane for his flight back to Dublin, Pope Francis was asked to sign a Mayo football jersey. Will that end the 'curse'? 


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Popemobile travels through Knock

Pope Francis waves to well wishers as he was driven through the estate of Knock Shrine. 


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Silent prayer at Knock Shrine

Following his tour on the popemobile, Pope Francis entered the chapel at the Knock Shrine for a period of silent prayer.

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Betrayal caused by abuse an 'open wound' for church

Pope Francis told pilgrims at Knock Shrine that the betrayal caused by abuse is an "open wound" for the Catholic Church.


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Huge crowds greet Pope at Phoenix Park

Tens of thousands of people welcomed Pope Francis when he arrived at Phoenix Park for the Papal Mass.



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Pope asks for forgiveness for abuse in Catholic Church

Pope Francis asks for forgiveness for the sins of the church, its clerics, and the hierarchy who did not take charge.

"We ask forgiveness for the abuses in Ireland, abuses of power and conscience; sexual abuses on the part of qualified members of the Church," he said.

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Pope closes World Meeting of Families, leaves Phoenix Park

Pope Francis closes the final mass of the World Meeting of Families at the Phoenix Park, and departs the event on route to a private meeting with bishops, before heading to Dublin Airport 


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Pope Francis departs Dublin Airport for Rome

Pope Francis departs from Dublin Airport, bringing to an end his two-day visit to Ireland.


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