Pope to visit Washington, New York

A Papal visit of the east coast of the United States has been confirmed for next April.

US Apostolic nuncio Archbishop Pietro Sambi made the announcement saying, “Peter, the rock on which Jesus founded this church, will be among us in the person of his successor, Benedict the XVI.”

Catholic News Service reported that the Holy Father will arrive in Washington on 15 April, when he will receive an official welcome at the White House. That afternoon - coincidentally his 81st birthday - he will address the nation's bishops.

The Pope will celebrate Mass at the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium and meet with directors of Catholic universities and diocesan educational leaders at the Catholic University of America.

He will also attend an interreligious meeting at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Centre.

On 18 April, he will travel to New York to address the United Nations and attend an ecumenical meeting in the afternoon. The following day, he will concelebrate Mass at St Patrick's Cathedral.

While in New York, the Holy Father will visit Ground Zero, and celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium.

SOURCE
Pope to visit New York, Washington in April, papal nuncio confirms (Catholic News Service, 12/11/07)

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