22 Aug. 2018
Shopkeeper Bernie Byrne, 74, looks out from his shop at the National Marian Shrine town of Knock, Ireland, July 23, 2018. Byrne's grandfather Dominic was one of at least twenty-two people that claimed to see Mary, Joseph and John the Evangelist hovering near the gable end of the local church in the western Irish village of Knock on a rainy evening in August 1879. "Houses are being painted and streets are being scrubbed... trying to get everything ready for him (Pope Francis), even though it's only a short visit," said Byrne, who like his brother Tom, runs a small shop selling religious goods to the 1.5 million pilgrims that come to Knock each year. "Because he is such a humble man, and a nice man, everybody is dying to have a look at him." REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne SEARCH "POPE PREPARATIONS" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.