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Pope seen likely to visit Northern Ireland in 2012

March 14, 2011

A visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Ireland next year would probably include a trip to Northern Ireland, British officials believe.

A Foreign Office memo, reflecting on the Pope's trip to Great Britain last year, said that a papal visit to Northern Ireland "would take place in the context of a visit to Ireland as it is treated by all the main Christian churches as a single ecclesiastical unit." According to reports from Ireland--not yet confirmed by the Vatican--the Pope will visit Ireland in 2012, with his trip coinciding with the conclusion of the International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin.

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  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - Mar. 14, 2011 7:11 PM ET USA

    It would be wonderful if Pope Benedict were to visit NI. I would be delighted. I can't really afford to go to WYD Madrid this summer, so it would be most convenient if the Pope came to see me! =p