Saturday, January 28, 2006
Baltimore, Jan. 27 (CWNews.com) - Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) plans to visit the United States in 2007, Baltimore's Cardinal William Keeler told a radio audience on January 27.
Cardinal Keeler, who recently returned from a visit to Rome, said that he had invited the Pope to visit for the rededication of the city's Assumption basilica in November of this year. He told a WBAL radio audience that Vatican officials had said the Pope would not be able to accept that invitation.
However, the Pope did point to a visit the following year, Cardinal Keeler said. "He is planning to come to the United States next year," he told the radio audience; the cardinal said that a visit to Baltimore would likely be part of the Pope's travel schedule.
That would be most impressive. Perhaps we could extend a personal invitation to Columbia University to him, and he could speak in front of Alma Mater . . .