Monday, November 12, 2007

Annuntio vobis gaudium magnum- the Pope is coming to the U.S.

It's official, after months of speculation and hints, it was announced today that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, will be making an Apostolic visit to the United States 15-20 April 2008. This joyous news was announced at the beginning of the annual fall meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, who serves as the Holy Father's representative in this country, during the nuncio's annual address to this assembly of our country's bishops.

The Holy Father will only visit New York City and Washington, D.C. While in the Big Apple he will speak to the United Nations' General Assembly on 18 April. I am quite certain we can expect another Benedictine tour de force. The day prior he will say Mass in Yankee Stadium. While in the city he will also visit Ground Zero. In our nation's capitol he will say Mass in the brand new home of the Washington Nationals baseball team and give a lecture at The Catholic University of America similar in format, if not content, to his magnificent Regensburg address. The audience for this address will be professors and presidents of Catholic universities. While in this country he will also visit with priests, diocesan educators, and young people.

Deo gratias!

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