So says Damian Thompson.
Some reports say January, others September. Surely it must be September.
And reports are also carried at the following places:
We must begin our spiritual preparation now.
UPDATE: Comment by Archbishop Nichols on the Catholic Media Office website (H/T to Catholic with Attitude who comments at Mulier Fortis):
Archbishop Vincent Nichols, President of the Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales, said:The latest BBC report I have just heard on the radio says the Pope's visit will be a State Visit.
‘We are encouraged and pleased at the news which has emerged about the possible official visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK next year.
‘We are glad the Holy Father is giving such consideration to the invitations he has received from Her Majesty’s Government, which accord closely to the wishes and requests also expressed by the Bishops of England & Wales.
‘The prospect of a visit by Pope Benedict fills us with joy.’