Thursday, February 09, 2006

It's official: the trip to Turkey is on

From VIS:

VATICAN CITY, FEB 9, 2006 (VIS) - At midday today, Holy See Press Office Director Joaquin Navarro-Valls released the following declaration to journalists:

"I confirm that Ahmet Necdet Sezer, president of Turkey, has invited His Holiness Benedict XVI to make an official visit to that country from November 28 to 30, 2006.

The Holy Father has accepted the invitation. The details of the visit are being defined."

Where will the Holy Father visit? Aside from the obligatory stops in Ankara and Istanbul, I am going to predict that Benedict may visit Trabzon and the parish of Father Santoro along with the Patriarch of Constantinople and they will hold an ecumenical memorial service to a man who died while serving Christ.

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