Possible visit to Turkey in the cards for Pope Benedict XVI
It has been revealed that Pope Benedict XVI is awaiting permission from Ankara for a proposed trip to Turkey in November. The Vatican has said that Greek Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomeus I had invited Pope Benedict earlier, but that Ankara had still not issued the official invitation expected by the Vatican. Speaking with reporters on the subject of a possible trip to Turkey, Vatican authority Cardinal Walter Kasper said "The Pope wishes to go. We are discussing the matter with Ankara."