Pope's visit

William Scholes: It's not every day you chat to the Pope on the papal plane

Religious affairs correspondent William Scholes was among a group of journalists who travelled with the pope on his flights to and from Dublin and throughout his two days of engagements in Ireland. In the first of two reports, he gives a unique insight into what a papal visit actually involves and spending time in the company of Francis.

Pope Francis arrives at Dublin International Airport at the start of his visit to Ireland. Picture by Brian Lawless/PA Wire
IT is not every day that you get to meet the Pope. For me, Saturday was that day; we were introduced to each other, we shook hands and, as you do - you know, when you're flying with Pope Franci[...]

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