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Church in England and Wales invites Pope to visit

posted on 06 March 2006
The Catholic Church in England and Wales has invited Pope Benedict XVI to visit Britain.

It is too soon to say either in what that visit might consist, or whether it would be feasible, given the Pope’s commitments and the many invitations he has already received from across the world.

But the President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, is keen that the Pope be aware of how delighted the British people would be should he feel able to accept.

Notes:
It is very unlikely that any papal visit would coincide with the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit in May 1982. It was recently announced that in May next year Pope Benedict will be presiding at the meeting of the Latin-American Episcopal Council (Celam) in Aparecida, Brazil.
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posted on 06 March 2006

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