Pope Benedict XVI confirmed today that he would make the first papal visit to Britain since 1982, the Reuters website reports.
In a speech to bishops from England and Wales on February 1, 2010, Benedict said he looked forward to witnessing at first hand the faith of Catholics in England and Wales during "my forthcoming Apostolic visit to Great Britain."
It was the first time the pope publicly confirmed the trip. He did not give a time, but church officials said it is expected to take place in September, and will include a visit to Scotland, which has its own Catholic bishops' conference.
The papal visit will be the first to Britain since Pope John Paul II's visit in 1982.