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Even if you can’t get to any of the papal visit events, you can still participate in Pope Benedict XVI’s first trip to the United States:


  • Watch the live streaming of the events at www.uspapalvisit.org.  (If you miss an event, video will be archived here as well.)  In addition, many television stations will have coverage of the events.  Check your local listings for times and channels. 

  • Listen to radio coverage of the events on the Sirius Catholic Channel (produced by the Archdiocese of New York).

  • Use the texts of the Holy Father’s homilies and speeches as spiritual reading throughout the week (and beyond!).  Texts will be posted on the Vatican website ).  

  • Pray the Act of Hope each day for the intentions of the Holy Father.  For April, Pope Benedict’s intentions are that Christians may not tire of proclaiming with their lives that Christ’s resurrection is the source of hope and peace and that the future priests of the young Churches may be formed to evangelize their nations and the whole world.

O Lord God,
I hope by your grace for the pardon
of all my sins
and after life here to gain eternal happiness
because you have promised it
who are infinitely powerful, faithful, kind,
and merciful.
In this hope I intend to live and die.

  • Make a holy hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament each day of the Holy Father’s visit.  On April 16, pray for the bishops of the United States and all leaders of the Church.  On April 17, pray for all those charged with educating children and forming faith, especially parents, teachers, and catechists.  On April 18, pray for world leaders and all who work for justice and peace.  On April 19, pray for young people and for an increase in vocations.  On April 20, pray for the Church in the United States.

If you, your family, parish, or other group plan to mark the Holy Father’s visit in some special way, please share it with us in the comments section.

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During the papal liturgies, Pope Benedict XVI will use a Missal prepared especially for this Apostolic Journey.

 The Missal was prepared by the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff and the Secretariat for Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  It was published by USCCB Publishing.

The Missal includes all of the prayer texts the Holy Father will use in celebrating the liturgies.  There are two bindings:  white and maroon.  The Holy Father will use the Missal with the white binding.  The other binding will be used by the members of the papal entourage and the bishops.  Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms is on the cover.

Here’s a first look at the cover and the title page:

The Holy Father will use the Missal with the white binding.

The maroon binding will be used by the members of
the papal entourage and the bishops.

Title page with Pope Benedict XVI’s coat of arms.

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Pope Benedict XVI began his second encyclical, Spe Salvi, with the words of St. Paul: “In hope we were saved” (Romans 8:24).  The Pope then asks: Why do we need to hope for our salvation?  Paul himself tells us why.  He states: “We know that all creation is groaning in labor pains even until now; and not only that, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, we also groan within ourselves as we wait for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.  For in hope were saved” (Romans 8:22-24).

As Catholics, we know in faith that when we were baptized, we received the Holy Spirit and so we are freed from Original Sin and become temples of the Holy Spirit.  The Spirit, now dwelling within us, compels us to live holy lives, lives that are now worthy of the calling we received as Christians (see Ephesians 4:1).  However, it is this inner compulsion of the Holy Spirit, this urging, this pushing, this goading, that causes us to groan, for the remnants of sin still tightly cling to us and so we struggle to be set free from sin so as to live new lives in the Holy Spirit.  Thus we live in the hope of the fullness of our salvation when we will be completely free from sin and live in the fullness of the Spirit.  (more…)

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Christ Our Hope

Seems like a safe theme for the 2008 papal visit, doesn’t it? Hope is a nice word; the politicians have grabbed on to it; it’s a great Scripture for newlyweds.


But hope can be a very dangerous word, if you really believe in Christian hope. Just ask Martha Sweed Walker.


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