CHOIR singers from across Cork are being urged to apply for the once in a lifetime opportunity of singing in front of the Pope.
Pope Francis will visit Ireland on August 25 and 26 for a Church meeting on families, in what will be the first papal visit to Ireland in nearly 40 years.
The World Meeting of Families is taking place in Dublin from August 21 to 26. The pope will preside at the closing ceremonies on the final two days.
A 5,000 strong choir will accompany Pope Francis as he leads a mass on Sunday, August 26, in Phoenix Park.
250 places have been allocated for Cork singers, one of the largest allocations in the country.
“This really is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Fr Charlie Kiely, the Diocese of Cork and Ross delegate to the World Meeting of Families.
“I’m appealing to all Cork singers to get in touch and register their interest ahead of what will be a historic occasion for Ireland.
“Cork received one of the biggest allocations for the choir, which shows our standing in these types of events,” he added.
“Those who make it into the choir will find themselves among those closest to the Pope on the day, as 2,500 will be on one side and 2,500 on the other, with thousands of celebrants in Phoenix Park.
“Hopefully, we’ll have a lot of interest from across Cork as it really is a fantastic opportunity and I’d appeal to anyone interested to get in contact.”
Fr Kiely asked that anyone interested contact the Cork and Ross Pastoral Development Office as soon as possible, on 021 453 7603.