Pope Francis will be the second pope to ever visit Ireland when he arrives in August 2018. For tens of thousands of Northern Irish Catholics it will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance – and for some lucky devotees, their second – to see and hear the Holy Father in person. In this warm and uplifting film, we explore people’s relationship with the pope and how it has changed over the decades.
For most of the 20th century, it would have been difficult to find a Catholic home in Northern Ireland that didn’t exhibit a picture of the pope. In fact throughout history, his Holiness has always had a very special place in the hearts of the nation’s faithful. From Pope Pius XII in the 1950s through to Pope Francis today, there is no doubt that a picture of the pope has always been a source of great comfort to thousands of dedicated Catholics across the land.