While the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to Ireland in August 2018 cannot hope to draw the same crowds as experienced during the 1979 visit by Pope John Paul II, his visit for the church's World Meeting of Families has the potential to have a greater impact on the country than the last papal visit almost 38 years ago, according to the Bishop of Cloyne, William Crean who was speaking to The Avondhu this week.

‘He has the capacity to reach beyond the parameters of the church community’ – Bishop Crean

Speaking to The Avondhu at his residence in Cobh this week, Bishop Crean said the upcoming visit has the potential to have a significant impact on the island of Ireland, even if public interest at the time does not match the visit of Pope John Paul II in 1979.

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Eoin Scanlon
Eoin Scanlon works as a reporter in our Fermoy office, based in MacCurtain Street. From Ballyduff in Co Waterford, Eoin was educated locally in St Michael’s National School, Ballyduff and Blackwater Community School, Lismore. He has recently graduated from the University of Limerick with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and New Media. Previously, Eoin wrote for the Munster Express in Waterford City.He can be contacted on 087-3216573 or by email reporter@avondhupress.ie