Big Surprise in Baltimore

This morning at the U.S. Bishops’ meeting in Baltimore, a surprise was unveiled when Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Apostolic Nuncio for the United States, announced Pope Benedict’s schedule for his 2008 trip to the U.S.

For most of the other speeches, a draft was given to the press prior to or during the address. When Archbishop Sambi gave his address, we were told that no drafts were available. Now I know why.

I wonder how we get tickets . . .

April 15
Arrival in Washington

April 16
Visit with President Bush in White House
Meet with U.S. bishops at Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

April 17
Public Mass at Nationals Stadium in D.C.
CUA meeting with Catholic University Presidents and diocesan heads of education
Inter-religious event at John Paul II Cultural Center

April 18
Address to the United Nations
Ecumenical event at a parish in New York

April 19
Mass with priests, deacons, and members of religious orders at St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Youth event at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers

April 20
Ground Zero
Public Mass at Yankee Stadium

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