A spokesperson for Arlene Foster said today she is prepared to meet the Pope if he visits Northern Ireland in 2018;
Any potential visit to Northern Ireland by the Pope is a matter for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Were the Pope to visit Northern Ireland in his capacity as Head of State then the First Minister would meet him.
David McCann holds a PhD in North-South relations from University of Ulster. You can follow him on twitter @dmcbfs