Sunday, May 26, 2002

Papal Trips May be Cut

I was just reading in Amy's blog that to disuade rumors (which I belief to be fact) that the pope plans to retire (and resign) when he travels to Poland this summer, the Vatican is talking about a trip to Croatia in September (for the specific purpose of disuading rumors--so it seems in the story anyway). Now today, a new take. It turns out the Vatican may cancel the Pope's trip to Mexico, although he evidently will still travel to Toronto:

The Vatican acknowledged for the first time Sunday that it may have to curtail Pope John Paul II's future travel because of his feeble condition, suggesting that planned stops in Mexico and Guatemala in July could be dropped.

Papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls told reporters the 82-year-old pope will go to Toronto to mark the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day, but suggested the other stops on the proposed 11-day trip could be canceled.