Pope Benedict XVI’s Itinerary

Pope Benedict XVI’s

American Itinerary

Papal Visit Banner from EWTN 

As most of us know already, Pope Benedict XVI will be here in the United States for a visit next week, starting on Tuesday, April 15.

In anticipation of that event, I thought I’d just leave a short sketch of his program while here; and, of course, links to better information.

There is a well-done official site for Pope Benedict’s visit.  This site will include live streaming video of the events, provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

EWTN also has a site devoted to its coverage (from where I stole the image).

Pope Benedict has released a video message to Catholics and Americans explaining his hopes and purposes for the trip.  His Holiness is a world-class scholar who speaks (I believe) 8 languages – not counting being able to read ancient Greek and Hebrew.  Check out this message in English; the text can be found here.

Here’s the outline highlights of His Holiness’ visit:

  • Tuesday, April 15 – arrival in Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday, April 16 – meet Pres. Bush at the White House; and a private prayer service at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

National Shrine photo from www.kofc.org -- ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL CHURCH

  • Thursday, April 17 – celebrate Mass at the Washington Nationals’ baseball park
  • Friday, April 18 – address the United Nations in New York
  • Saturday, April 19 – celebrate Mass for priests at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
  • Sunday, April 20 – visit Ground Zero, site of the 9/11 Attacks; celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium

Let us pray for his safety and for the success of of his visit.

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