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Despite the honor, Seattle's Roman Catholic leaders would just as soon pass up a visit from Pope John Paul II.

Seattle's archdiocese doesn't have the money and people required to be host of a five-day international youth gathering that would include a papal visit, spokesman John McCoy said Thursday.The Vatican and U.S. Catholic officials were considering Seattle and five other cities for World Pope Youth Day, which is expected to draw 50,000 to 100,000 teenagers and young adults in August 1993.

Chicago and Cleveland also have dropped out, leaving Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and Buffalo, N.Y., as the finalists. The Vatican is expected to pick the site in about two months.

The pope's last U.S. visit, a seven-city, 10-day tour in 1987, left some dioceses in debt.