Monday, March 16, 2009

Pope expected to accept invitation to visit Britain

From Ireland- Love the hat.

The pope will be “warmly received” if he visits Britain, a spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said yesterday after reports of a planned papal visit.

Pope Benedict XVI is ready to accept an invitation from Prime Minister Gordon Brown, according to the Sunday Telegraph , which said senior Vatican sources revealed he is planning a trip to the UK next year.

A senior cardinal is expected to arrive in Britain in the summer in preparation for the pope’s visit which could be announced by the end of the year, the newspaper reported.

A spokesman for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, a permanent assembly of bishops, said: “The Catholic Church in this country would be delighted if the Holy Father was able to come. “He would be very warmly received by Catholics across the country.

“But this would depend on the very busy schedule that the Holy Father has, and there has been no definitive decision on this yet.”

A visit would first require communication from the Vatican with the Catholic Church in Britain. Downing Street said the pope is “very positive about the possibility” of a visit, following Mr Brown’s meeting with the pontiff last month.

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