Pope Hopes to Visit US, France in 2008

Pope Benedict hopes to visit the United States and France next year, his spokesman said on Sunday.

Father Federico Lombardi told reporters in northern Italy, where the Pope is on a private mountain holiday, that planning for both trips was in the initial stages.

The Pope has been invited to visit the United Nations but Vatican sources said he would most likely extend the trip to include several other American cities besides New York.

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