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Week of July 23, 2007
Pope will address UN next spring
By Catholic News Service
The Archdiocese of New York said it was delighted that Pope Benedict "will be addressing the United Nations here in New York this coming spring."
A statement issued July 16 by Joseph Zwilling, New York archdiocesan communications director, was apparently the first official indication that such a visit would take place in the spring.
Zwilling told Catholic News Service July 16 that unnamed sources said the pope would visit in the spring instead of late September, when the new session of the UN General Assembly opens, because of next year's presidential elections. It would be Pope Benedict's first visit to the United Nations and his first visit as pope to the United States.
Pope John Paul II addressed the United Nations in 1979 and 1995, and Pope Paul VI did so in 1965.
The pope is also expected to come to Canada for the International Eucharistic Congress next June 15-22 in Quebec City.