Immediately after his departure, the Holy Father, Francis, sent a telegram to the President of the Republic of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, with the following message:
HIS EXCELLENCY MICHAEL D. HIGGINS
PRESIDENT OF IRELAND
AS I LEAVE IRELAND, I WISH TO EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE TO YOUR EXCELLENCY, THE GOVERNMENT AND THE BELOVED PEOPLE OF IRELAND FOR THE WARM WELCOME AND HOSPITALITY I HAVE RECEIVED. WITH THE ASSURANCE OF MY PRAYERS, I INVOKE UPON ALL OF YOU ALMIGHTY GOD’S BLESSINGS OF PEACE, FRATERNITY and PROSPERITY.