Thursday, March 27, 2008

Papal Visit - April 2008

This is what the sanctuary will look like for the outdoor mass in New York; not bad for a baseball stadium, I guess.

I FIGURED OUT HOW TO INSERT LINKS! You no longer have to paste addresses; just click on the link! I am such an idiot...

Here are some links to keep up with the pope's visit:
National Catholic Register
Catholic News Agency
Benedict in America (blog)
The American Papist (blog)
Archdiocese of Washington DC

From a recent Knights of Columbus survey:

Washington – Most Americans have a positive view of the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI, ahead of his visit to the United States next month, despite years of negative publicity resulting from the US priest abuse scandal, a survey said Tuesday. "Some of the results may be a bit surprising to those who tend to assume that the church’s critics are representative of American public opinion as a whole," said Carl Anderson, head of the lay organization Knights of Columbus, which commissioned the poll.

The survey conducted in late February and early March showed 65 per cent of Americans have a positive view of the Catholic Church, while 28 per cent have a negative view. Hispanics, people over 65 and regular church attendees had the most favourable views of the church.

Fifty-eight per cent of respondents had a positive view of Benedict, and 13 per cent had a negative opinion of him, but the vast majority admitted they knew little about him and fully 17 per cent had never heard of him.

Still, there appeared to be large interest in his visit with 42 per cent interested in attending one of his public events in the US and 66 per cent of Catholics saying they would like to do so.

"The bottom line is that despite years of very negative stories about the Catholic Church scandals … affecting views of the pope … the American people have a very sensible and balanced view of Benedict and of the Catholic Church and they are very open of hearing his views on matters and how they might live their faith and put it to practice in their daily lives," Anderson concluded.

Not bad... Pope Benedict brings a lot of wisdom.

Here's EWTN's papal visit coverage schedule:

Pope Benedict XVI and Jesus of Nazareth
Sun 04/06/08 10:00 PM
Tue 04/08/08 2:00 PM

Sat 04/12/08 8:00 PM
Sun 04/13/08 2:00 AM
Tue 04/15/08 11:00 PM
Sun 04/20/08 8:30 PM

Sun 04/13/08 10:00 PM
Tue 04/15/08 2:00 PM
Fri 04/18/08 4:00 AM
Sun 04/20/08 5:00 PM

Fri 04/18/08 9:00 AM
Sat 04/19/08 10:30 PM
Sun 04/20/08 7:00 PM


Tuesday, April 15, 3:30PM Eastern
Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Andrews Air Force Base and is greeted by President and Mrs. Bush, local dignitaries of the Church, and the apostolic nuncio.
Encore April 15, 8PM; April 16, 4AM.

Wednesday, April 16, 10:00 am Eastern
Pope Benedict XVI is received by President and Mrs. Bush at a White House welcoming ceremony,
followed by a private meeting between the President and the Pope, and the dignitaries of the two states. Encore April 16, 2PM & 9PM.

Wednesday, April 16, 5:30 pm Eastern
Pope Benedict XVI gathers with the bishops of the United States for a prayer service and address at the
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Encore April 16, 10:30PM. April 17, 4AM. (2 hours)

Thursday, April 17, 9:30 am Eastern
Pope Benedict XVI offers Mass at the new Nationals Park in Washington D.C.
Encore April 17, 1PM; April 18, 12AM.

Thursday, April 17, 4:30 PM Eastern
Pope Benedict XVI will address hundreds of Catholic University heads and diocesan superintendents on the importance
Catholic education at the Catholic University of America. Encore April 17, 9PM; April 18, 5AM.

Thursday, April 17, 6:00 p.m.
Pope Benedict XVI meets with representatives of various religions for a prayer service at the
John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D.C. Encore April 17, 10:30PM; April 18, 6:30AM.

Friday, April 18, 9:30 a.m.
Arrival at JFK International Airport. Encore April 18, 4:30 PM and April 19, 1 AM

Friday, April 18, 10:30 a.m.
Pope Benedict XVI will address the United Nations, after an early morning flight to New York.
Encore April 18, 2:30 PM and 8PM; April 19, 2AM.

Friday, April 18, 5:30 p.m.
Prayer service with leaders from other Christian denominations at St.
Joseph's, founded by German Catholics, in Manhattan.
Encore April 18, 10:00PM. April 19, 3:30AM.

Saturday, April 19, 9:00 a.m.
Mass for priests, deacons and members of religious orders at St. Patrick¹s Cathedral in the heart of New York City.
Encore April 20, 1PM and 11PM.

Saturday, April 19, 4:00 p.m.
Pope Benedict XVI meets with thousands of young people from around the country;
the event includes a rally/prayer service and a speech from the Pope. Encore April 19, 8PM; April 20, 4AM.

Sunday, April 20, 9:00 a.m.
Pope Benedict XVI visits the former World Trade Center site known as Ground Zero in New York City.
Encore April 20, 11AM; April 21, 1AM.

Sunday, April 20, 2:00 p.m.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Holy Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York bringing his historic U.S. visit to a close.
Encore April 20, 10 PM

Sunday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Pope Benedict XVI departs.
Encore April 21, 2:30AM.

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