'Rumor' says pope may visit

February 16, 1994|By From Staff Reports

Archbishop William H. Keeler is trying to confirm what he called "a rumor" that Pope John Paul II is considering a trip to the United States in October, during which he might visit Baltimore, a spokesman for the local Roman Catholic archdiocese said yesterday.

According to the unconfirmed report, the spokesman said, Vatican officials plan to announce next month whether the pope will address the United Nations in October on world peace.

If he should decide to do so, the pope might make "pastoral visits" to Newark, N.J., and Baltimore, in addition to New York, sources at the Vatican told Catholic News Service.

The trip would be John Paul's fourth to the United States as pope.

Although the much-traveled pontiff has never included Baltimore, the nation's first Catholic diocese, in his papal itineraries, he visited the city briefly in August 1976 as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla of Poland. He was elected pope in 1978.

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