Benedict XVI Hopes to Visit Poland

VATICAN CITY, APRIL 24, 2005 ( Benedict XVI expressed a desire to make a pastoral visit to Poland, a trip that could link his pontificate more closely with that of John Paul II.

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When greeting news reporters in an audience Saturday, the director of KAI, the Polish Catholic news agency, commented to the Pope: “Holiness, we hope to see you in Poland.”

“Yes, I too hope to see you in Poland,” replied the new Pontiff.

Benedict XVI has confirmed his plans to go to Cologne, Germany, for World Youth Day in mid-August.

A trip within Italy, to Bari, is also possible on the occasion of the Italian National Eucharistic Congress, May 21-29. No confirmation of this trip has been made.

Vatican observers speculate that a trip to Poland could take place before World Youth Day.

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