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Pope Francis in Ireland on RT

08/08/2018

Pope Francis in Ireland on RT

Live coverage, programming, analysis and discussion across television, radio and online

RT will broadcast live coverage of the visit of Pope Francis to Ireland throughout Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th August, across RT One, RT 2, RT News Now, RT Radio 1, RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, RT .ie and RT Player. As host broadcaster RT will provide comprehensive live coverage of Pope Francis' public engagements in Ireland, free to Irish, European and other international broadcasters.

On RT One there will be live rolling coverage of the public events, including the Pope's visit to ras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, St Mary's Pro Cathedral and the Capuchin Day Centre, on Saturday, while live coverage of The Festival of Families event on Saturday evening at Croke Park will be broadcast on RT 2. On Sunday, live coverage on RT One and RT News Now will include the Pope's visit to Knock and the papal Mass in the Phoenix Park.

Feature programming will include Mary McAleese's Modern Family, (RT One, Wednesday 22ndAugust) where the former president charts changes in the Irish family since the last papal visit and concludes that there's a lot the Catholic Church could learn from our families. A special edition of Prime Time (RT One, Thursday August 23rd) will discuss the condition and future of the Catholic Church in Ireland. Finally, The John Pauls (RT One, Monday 10th September) catches up with the generation of Irish boys (and at least one girl) who were named after Pope John Paul II, after his 1979 visit.

RT Nationwide will feature three special programmes during the week of the Pope's visit as presenters Mary Kennedy and Anne Cassin visit Knock, Cork and Dublin to meet people preparing for the visit and their roles. The programmes will feature the oldest person still living in the Phoenix Park, who has memories of the visit of Pope John Paul II, as well as one of the men who designed and built the original Popemobile, plus a look back at archive footage of Pope John Paul's historic visit in 1979.

Live RT coverage in summary:

Saturday 25th August

Across RT One, RT News Now, RT Player and RT .ie there will be live coverage of the public events, including the Pope's arrival at Dublin Airport and his visits to ras an Uachtarain, Dublin Castle, St Mary's Pro Cathedral and the Capuchin Day Centre.

In The Leap of Faith (RT Radio 1) Michael Comyn presents a special edition of the religious magazine show, with conversation and features to give context to the World Meeting of Families and the Papal visit, plus live coverage as the Pope touches down at Dublin Airport.

On RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, M che l Leidhin will report live from Dublin airport, while in studio, M ir n N Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

On The Marian Finucane Show (RT Radio 1) Marian is joined by a panel, as she offers listeners live coverage and context of the Pope's visit, including his meetings with the President and the Taoiseach.

On RT 2, from 1745-2100, Mary Kennedy is joined by a panel of guests at Croke Park for The Festival of Families, while Marty Morrissey and Brenda Donohue present live coverage on RT Radio 1 from 1800-2100.

Sunday 26th August

As the Pope heads to the west of Ireland on Sunday there will be live coverage on RT One and RT News Now along with a special Morning Ireland programme co-presented live from Knock on RT Radio 1 from 9am -11am by Rachel English and Gavin Jennings, with more live coverage across RT One, RT Radio 1, RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, RT News Now, RT Player and RT .ie.

On RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, Frances Nic G adaigh will report live from the Knock shrine, while in studio, M ir n N Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

Marian Finucane on RT Radio 1 will be joined by a panel, as she offers listeners live coveragefrom Knock.

On Sunday afternoon, there will be live coverage of the papal Mass and build-up in the Phoenix Park across RT One with Bryan Dobson, RT Radio 1 with Joe Duffy, RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, RT News Now, RT Player and RT .ie.

On RT Raidi na Gaeltachta, M che l Leidhin will report live from Dublin airport, while in studio, M ir n N Ghadhra will host a live discussion.

After Pope Francis departs, Joe Duffy will host The Francis Effect a Would You Believe? Special (RT One, Sunday 26th August) a live studio discussion of the likely impact of the papal visit on Ireland, the family and the Catholic Church, here and abroad.

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RT will announce specific schedule details across television, radio and online in the coming weeks.
LINK: https://www.rte.ie/about/en/press-office/press-releases/2018/0808/9838...
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