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LIVE: Pope Francis participates in Festival of Families at Croke Park Stadium in Dublin

Pope Francis holds his first mass encounter in Dublin at the Festival of Families in Croke Park Stadium. The encounter begins at 7:30 p.m., local Dublin time. 

The Holy Father will address the more than 70,000 people expected to attend and hear the testimonies of five families from Ireland, Canada, India, Iraq and Africa. 

The two-hour-long Festival of Families is a choreographed celebration of family life including music, song, dance and spoken word.