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Ireland Prime Minister Enda Kennedy said the Pope will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families

The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the Pope hopes to attend but his participation cannot be confirmed at this stage

The trip would likely include the first ever papal visit to Northern Ireland

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It is not known whether Pope Francis will attend

Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the World Meeting Families on the final day of his papal visit to America