Benedictions: The Pope in America

Benedictions: The Pope in America

Schedule For Pope Benedict XVI’s U.S. Trip

By Tom Feeney
Religion News Service

This the official schedule for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Washington and New York April 15-20:
Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base. Greeting by President Bush and Mrs. Bush. Also present will be local dignitaries of the church and the apostolic nuncio, the pope’s ambassador to the U.S.
President Bush and the first lady meet Benedict on the south lawn of the White House. This is only the second time in history that a pontiff has visited the White House. At the end of the welcoming ceremony, a private meeting is scheduled between the pope and the president.
Private prayer service and meeting with the 350 bishops of the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Before the prayer service, there will be outdoor photo opportunities of the public welcoming the pope to this national church.
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 10:00 A.M.
The pope will celebrate Mass at the new Nationals Park in Washington. This will be the first non-baseball event in the park.
The heads of the more than 200 Catholic colleges and universities in the U.S. and superintendents from the 195 Catholic dioceses have been invited to an address by Benedict on the importance of Catholic education. The address will be on the campus of The Catholic University of America, the only college in the U.S. operated by the bishops.
Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus, Jews and representatives of other religions will meet the pope at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, next door to Catholic University.
FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 10:45 A.M.
The pope will address the United Nations after an early morning flight to New York.
Prayer service with leaders from other Christian denominations at St. Joseph’s Church, founded by German Catholics, in Manhattan.
Mass for priests, deacons and members of religious orders at St.
Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.
The pope will meet with young Catholics, including 50 youngsters with a range of disabilities, at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, N.Y. Thousands of young people, including hundreds of seminarians, are expected to participate in a rally/prayer service and to hear the pope speak.
SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 9:30 A.M.
The pope will visit Ground Zero, the site of the disaster at the World Trade Center.
SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2:30 P.M.
Mass at Yankee Stadium will bring this historic visit to a close.
The 200th anniversary of the Baltimore Archdiocese’s designation as an archdiocese, as well as the birth of four dioceses — Boston; New York; Louisville, Ky.; and Philadelphia — will be highlighted during the Mass.
The pope leaves JFK International Airport for Rome.
(Tom Feeney writes for The Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J.)
Copyright 2008 Religion News Service. All rights reserved. No part of this transmission may be distributed or reproduced without written permission.

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posted April 3, 2008 at 10:20 am

I was just wondering how much of the visit would be televised, when and what stations. I live in Canada. My Mom is 91 and living in a home for the aged and I’m sure she would love to watch.
Best Regards.

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posted April 5, 2008 at 4:47 am

Please ask the Pope to Pray for America; for all the good soldiers that have, are, and will serve in the war in Iraqi be protected by God always; ask the Pope to pray that the war/wars in Iraqi will end very soon; and Peace, Hope, and Love will prevail always in this great world to one another;
Please ask the Pope to bless everyone in the world, young and old alike; and pray that God will show everyone their right paths in life. That everyone will be good to one another, and help one another in their needs, and wants, and desires.
Please ask the Pope to pray and bless everyone that has problems in their marriages, or just their regular life; pray that everyone will be kinder to each other in their marriage, or just their regular life; pray that all people will give a helping hand to one another in this world; that all circumstances in life will be good, and never bad; and we will be happy with one another.
Please ask the Pope to pray to God for everyone in this great world. That God will send all of us in this great world the graces that we need to survive, and preserve, and to love one another. Amen.

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posted April 6, 2008 at 11:55 am

EWTN will televise the entire visit of the Pope, televised 24 hours a day. Great Channel on T.V.

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posted April 7, 2008 at 9:40 am

I just wanted to know if the mass that will place in St.Patrick’s cathedral april 19 was for the public, if everybody is welcom ?

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posted April 10, 2008 at 11:19 am

We always feel so honored that our Holy Father comes to us. It helps us to feel like family.
My husband and I have visited the the Vatican two times now, first we were with Pope John Paul II and then two years ago we were with Pope Benedict. What an honor to have been able to see them both. Although we did see Pope John Paul II when he came to Philadelphia many years ago.
We love you Pope Benedict and pray for you always. I know you pray for us.
Love, Peace & Joy

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posted April 13, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Does anyone know which of all the manhattan events is open to general public? I would like to go to some of the masses given by Him… thanks!

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posted April 15, 2008 at 8:52 am

I would so like to see Pope Benedict when he comes to DC, but I feel a bit overwhelmed by the crowds that will surely gather along his routes. Could anyone offer some advice about where I might be able to station myself? I wonder if Pope Benedict’s arrival at the White House tomorrow morning would be a good place.
This is such a glorious and Blessed event for our area, I really do not want to miss it because of my personal fear of crowds.
Thank you!

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mary wixted

posted April 15, 2008 at 9:42 am

good morning,
any suggestions where i could stand on the street to see the Pope
during his travel route. I am not from NY but would be coming by bus
and I am not familiar with the city.
thank you.

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posted April 15, 2008 at 10:06 am

Is the mass in Yankee stadium open to the public?
Do you have to have tickets to the mass in Washington at the ballfield?

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posted April 15, 2008 at 11:30 am

We wish to welcome to the USA Pope Benedict!!! We are honored by your presence.
Love and Prayers,

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Dr. Ranjan Rajan

posted April 23, 2008 at 4:55 am

We wish to welcome to Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pope Benedict!!! We are honored by your presence.

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