Monday, November 12, 2007

The Holy Father's visit to the US

Rocco has the scoop. Abp Sambi:
"The Pope will not travel much," his representative to the States said. But even so, Benedict "will address himself" to the entire community of 70 million American Catholics. Although the pontiff will only be visiting one of the celebrating dioceses, Sambi said that the visit's prime purpose is to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the elevation of Baltimore to archiepiscopal rank and the erection of new dioceses at New York, Boston, Bardstown and Philadelphia. The nuncio added that another goal of the visit would be to invite fallen-away Catholics back to the life of the church.
The outline of the visit, as announced by the nuncio at the US Bishops' meeting this morning:

  • April 16th-Arrival and Official Welcome-Washington, DC
  • April 17th-AM Stadium Mass-Washington, DC
  • PM-Gathering with bishops, education leaders and ecumenical gathering
  • April 18th-AM United Nationsl
  • PM-Ecumenical gatering
  • April 19th-Mass with priests of NY at St. Patrick's
  • PM-Gathering of youth at St. Joseph's Seminary
  • April 20th-AM Visit to Ground Zero
  • PM Mass at Yankee Stadium afterwards, the Holy Father will return to Rome
Now to figure out how to get tickets to the April 17th Mass! :)

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