Pope accepts invitation to visit UN headquarters in New York

 Pope Benedict XVI has accepted an invitation from by Ban Ki-moon, secretary general of the United Nations, to visit the headquarters of that organization in New York. Fr Lombardi, from the Vatican's press office saide on Friday: "The Pope has accepted the invitation in general terms, and has expressed his willingness to visit the UN headquarters, although as yet there is no date or program for the trip." Servant of God John Paul II visited the UN headquarters in 1979, and again in 1995 for the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the UN. Source: VIS

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