Pope Francis 'would be welcomed' to Belfast

One of Belfast’s most senior Protestant clerics has said he would welcome a visit from Pope Francis.
The Very Rev John Mann, Dean of Belfast, has also offered to lead a cross community service should the pontiff include a trip to Belfast on any visit to Ireland.

In a letter to all 51 elected representatives on Belfast City Council, Rev Mann said: “As Dean of Belfast Cathedral, I would be very happy to facilitate an ecumenical and cross community service at St Anne’s, at which Pope Francis could be invited to address the churches of Belfast and share something of our journey of hope and reconciliation.”


This would be so great. The last person I spoke with who had been to Belfast said that there were still “Catholic cabs” that wouldn’t travel to Protestant parts of the city, and "Protestant cabs” that won’t go to the Catholic areas.

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