First Message to the People of Ireland
Pope Francis' first stop in Ireland is the Presidential Residence, Áras an Uachtaráin, where he is meeting with Irish President Michael Higgins.
In a brief ceremony, the Holy Father penned a brief message, to the Irish people in the book of honour:
"With gratitude for the warm welcome I have received , I assure you and the people of Ireland of my prayer that the Almighty God may guide and protect you all."
The Pope is paying a courtesy visit to the President, before transferring to Dublin Castle, where he will address government authorities, leaders of civil society, and members of the diplomatic corps.