office of the Archbishop of Westminster has denied a report, broken
earlier today by Glasgow’s Daily Mirror newspaper, that Pope Benedict
has accepted an invitation to visit Great Britain in 2007.
According to a BBC report, the "Archbishop's House has had no indication from Rome if Pope Benedict will visit the UK, nor, if he were to, when that would be."
The Catholic Church in England invited the Pope to visit that country last week and speculation has abounded that a possible trip could fall on the 25th anniversary of John Paul II’s 1982 visit to Britain.
While Westminster’s Archbishop, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor has stressed his desire that the Pope be made aware of the delight a visit would bring to the British people, he admitted that it was too soon to say what one could look like or if it would be feasible.