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On April 17, Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the heads of Catholic colleges and universities and superintendents from the Catholic dioceses on the campus of the Catholic University of America.

The bishops of the United States established the Catholic University of America in 1887. In its earliest years, the university admitted only graduate students. It opened its doors to undergraduates in 1904.

Catholic University is the only U.S. university with ecclesiastical faculties granting canonical degrees in canon law, philosophy and theology. Theological College, the university seminary, prepares men for the priesthood who come from many dioceses of the United States.

The university retains its close ties with the bishops of the United States. At present, 23 bishops serve on the Board of Trustees. Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Ct., is President of the Board of Trustees. As Archbishop of Washington, Archbishop Donald Wuerl serves as Chancellor.

For the 2007-2008 school year, the Catholic University of America has over 3,000 undergraduate students and over 3,000 graduate students. These students come from all 50 states and 99 foreign countries.


Source: The Catholic University of America

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On April 16, Pope Benedict XVI will meet with the Bishops of the United States at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Located adjacent to the campus of the Catholic University of America, planning for the National Shrine began in 1913.  The site and the foundation stone were blessed in 1920 and construction began in 1922.  The Crypt Church was completed by the end of 1924.  Construction resumed in 1954 and the Shrine was dedicated on November 20, 1959.

With more than 65 chapels representing the devotional and ethnic heritage of the American people, the National Shrine plays host to hundreds of thousands of people each and is a gathering place for national events, such as the Prayer Vigil for Life held each January.

Pope John Paul II celebrated Morning Prayer at the Shrine during his 1979 visit to Washington, D.C.  The Pope named the National Shrine a minor basilica in 1990.

Pope Benedict will be the second Pope to visit the National Shrine during his papacy.


Source:  Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

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