Pope to meet Brother Kevin during visit to Dublin
Pope Francis will visit homeless people in Dublin when he comes to Ireland in August, it was revealed yesterday.
Brother Kevin Crowley confirmed the visit to the city's Capuchin Centre, where he has fed the poor and homeless for more than 40 years.
He said planning had been going on for months in great secrecy.
"I think that this is a huge, huge honour for the people in need and for the homeless people," the 82-year-old friar said.
"It is going to be really exciting for them and that is why I am so delighted these people are being recognised."
The Pope's visit to the Bow Street centre will be on August 25, shortly after he arrives in Ireland for a two-day visit, the first papal engagement here since 1979.
Security preparations have been planned for several weeks, with specialist officers carrying out a security audit of the building and the area.
It is understood the Garda International Protection and Liaison Office is working closely with the pontiff's security staff.
Brother Kevin revealed that members of the Pope's security detail visited the centre on Monday.
"We have had a number of people from Rome here already," he added.
Brother Kevin thanked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin for organising the visit with the Pope.
"It is fabulous that Pope Francis is giving such precious time to the homeless people," he said.
"Of course, I'm not surprised by that because everywhere he went he made a special effort to be involved with the poor.
"He is the man for the poor and a man of great concern for the under-privileged."