Saturday, 24 March 2007

Pope Invited to Address Europarliament

VATICAN CITY, MARCH 23, 2007 - Pope Benedict XVI has been invited to speak to a plenary session of the European Parliament by its president, Hans-Gert Pöttering.

Pöttering made the invitation today when he was received by the Pope in a private audience.

According to the president's press office, Pöttering "took advantage of this occasion to invite the Pope to speak during a plenary session of the European Parliament."

During his visit to Italy's capital, the German-born president participated in a congress organized by European bishops on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.

Pöttering had been one of the advocates of recognizing the Christian roots of Europe in its constitution.

Pope John Paul II spoke before the European Parliament in Strasbourg in 1988.