Papal State Visit?
The Holy Father recently turned down an invitation from the English and Welsh Bishops to visit this country next year. And most of us understood his decision - given his age, Benedict XVI is not going to be a global pope in the same way as JPII, and, besides, there is no particular reason for a papal visit (as would be provided, for example, by the canonisation of John Henry Newman). However, reports are circulating that this weekend Tony Blair will invite Pope Benedict to make a State Visit to England (which means the Church isn't pushed to the limit for financing it). But don't hold your breath.