Vatican spokesman again denies papal resignation rumours
The official Vatican spokesman vehemently denied further speculation that Pope John Paul II will retire by the end of this year, while announcing that the Holy Father will visit Ukraine in June next year.
The latest report about the Pope's resignation, which spokesman Joaquín Navarro-Valls described as 'baseless', appeared on Saturday in the German newspaper Bild.
Dr Navarro-Valls did not elaborate on his dismissal of the rumours, and declined to give further details of the Holy Father's visit to Ukraine.
New York Times