Last year 7,548 people from Ireland completed the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela; and in 2018 the Irish comprised the seventh-largest foreign nationality making the journey.
Pope Francis fully recognises the egregious failures of the Church and it's clergy who abused children and the devastating impact those crimes have had on survivors and their loved ones.
This is the Pope’s fourth visit to South America since becoming Pontiff. Previously, he has made visits to Brazil, Equador, Bolivia, Paraguay and Colombia.
The pilgrimage to the Shrine of St James the Great in Northern Spain has been popular since medieval times, but in recent years interest in it has grown substantially.