Pope Francis has been invited to Limerick Prison during his trip to Ireland in August of next year for ‘The World Meeting of Families’.
The invitation was extended by Rector of the Redemptorist Community at Mount St Alphonsus, Fr Seamus Enright, who was visiting the Vatican last week.
Fr Enright handed the Holy Father letters from prisoners and staff and explained their contents.
“The Redemptorist Priests say mass at the prison and the idea came up when I told them I was going to Rome for a few days so both staff and prisoners set out to write their personal invites to the Holy Father,” said Fr Enright.
Pope John Paul II visited the city in September 1979 where thousands turned out to see him at Greenpark Racecourse. According to Fr Enright, Pope Francis always attempts to visit a prison when he travels.
“The Pope listened to what I had to say and I had plenty of time to explain all about the invitation at the General Audience at the Vatican so I am quite hopeful that a visit may be on the cards.
“It would be un believable for the Mulgrave Street , William street and Garryowen area to consider that the successor of the sea of Saint Peter actually set foot in the area, I myself grew up in this area and I think it would be a great honour for the area and of course a moving occasion for the prison community,” said Fr Enright.