LAMBETH PALACE confirmed yesterday that Dr Williams is to visit Pope
Benedict XVI in Rome in autumn this year. The announcement was made on the 40th
anniversary of Archbishop Michael Ramsey's visit to Pope Paul VI. Dr Williams
was last in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II in April 2005, and for
the inaugural mass of Pope Benedict shortly afterwards. The two met briefly the
At the same time, the Archbishop of Westminster's
office reported that the Pope's diary did not permit a visit to Britain in
2007, as had been rumoured last week.