(ANSA) - Vatican City, March 6 - The Catholic Church of England and Wales has invited the pope to visit Britain, according to a spokesman for Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, the primate of British Catholics. A statement issued by the cardinal's aide indicated that there was no word yet from the Vatican on whether Benedict intended to accept the invitation .
"It's too early to say what this visit will be about or if it is going to happen at all, given the Pope's engagements and the many invitations he has already received from every part of the world," it said. "But Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor wants the Pope to know how glad the British people would be if he decided to accept the invitation", it continued
The bolding is mine of course. When John Paul II visited in 1992, he joined the Archbishop of Canterbury in a celebration at the Canterbury Cathedral. For some reason, I wouldn't anticipate such cordial relations next time around.