Tuesday, 30 May 2006

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.



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