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Pope Francis' Trip To Dublin Is Going To Cost A Huge Amount Of Money

By Darragh Berry

December 18, 2017 at 12:22pm


Pope Francis' trip to Dublin next summer is going to cost around €20m according to Archbishop Diarmuid Martin who was speaking on The Sean O'Rourke Show.

Pope Francis will be in Ireland between August 21 and 26 where he is expected to attend the World Meeting Of Families in the capital. 

Archbishop Martin (72) told the RTÉ Radio one host that:

"It is going to cost over €20 million because there is the cost of gathering people together, of security and technology that is needed.

"We have had church collections and they would bring in about €5m, the rest will come from fundraising, I don't know how much a concert in Croke Park normally costs but we are anxious that families can attend without them experiencing any financial difficulties.

"We won't charge anything for children."

He also revealed that on the Sunday, there will be a final mass which he believes will be held in the Phoenix Park. 

The Archbishop believes the trip is not looking to emulate Pope John II's of 1979 and stated that the quality of the event was worth more than the quantity of people at it. 

He also added that people had to remember that Pope Francis is a lot older than Pope John Paul II was when he visited Ireland and that there was a restriction on what he can and cannot do. 

€20m, that's A LOT of millions for every day that he's here...

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