Papal Trips to Canada, Mexico and Guatemala Remain Unaltered

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 12, 2002 ( There is no change in John Paul II´s agenda for his trips to Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, according to Vatican sources who responded to reports out of Mexico.

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Father Ciro Benedettini, subdirector of the Vatican Press Office, told the Mexican press, “We have no information relating to a change in the Holy Father´s plans. We announced the trip to Mexico three weeks ago and, up until now, I have no news that refers to its eventual modification.”

Yet, the priest clarified that the Holy Father´s trip to Mexico will depend on his state of health. Last Saturday, John Paul II returned to his public engagements after being hampered by an arthritic knee.

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