Papal visit to Spain mooted for northern Spring
John Paul II will visit Spain in the first half of next year, according to the country's apostolic nuncio says.
The Holy Father might visit the dioceses of Madrid and Seville. The purpose of the visit is the canonisation of Mother Maravillas de Jesús, a Carmelite nun who reformed her order and who died in 1974. Other Spaniards might also be canonized during the papal visit.
The Spanish government and the Vatican are studying proposals for the papal itinerary.
The nuncio, Archbishop Manuel Monteiro de Castro, said that his own statement was not the official announcement, which will be made later by the Vatican, when the program is finalised.
The nuncio said the Canary Islands are among the possible places the Pope will visit.
28 Oct 2002