Tipperary Schoolgirl Designs Vestment For Pope Francis

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Jane Boland with her winning design. Picture: World Missions Ireland.

A fifth class student attending Carrig National School, Ballycommon, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary, has beaten more than 4,500 other pupils from around Ireland, to win the right to design the vestments to be worn, here in Ireland, during the visit by the 266th Jesuit Pope Francis (Jorge Mario Bergoglio).

Miss Jane Boland, a truly talented Tipperary schoolgirl and aged just 11 years, designed the vestment for His Holiness Pope Francis based around an image of a globe of the world, and incorporating the cultures and passions of many other nations, while depicting creativity, community, nature and technology; thus reflecting our ever changing world planet.

World Missions Ireland, which is the official charity of Pope Francis for overseas missions, confirmed it was particularly difficult to pick a final winner in this nationwide competition, due to the particularly high standard of the designs submitted.

Miss Boland’s winning entry will now be sent to tailors in Rome, latter who will then be commissioned to recreate it into a life-sized garment. Once completed, World Missions Ireland will then gift these vestments to his Holiness, who will wear them when he attends here in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families next August.

World Missions Ireland will also display a replica of the winning vestment at stands No.23 and No.24, during the World Meeting of Families, to be held in the grounds of the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), scheduled to take place on August 22nd through to August 24th, 2018 next.


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