Archive: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

Benedict and Public Perception

A poll probing public perceptions of Pope Benedict has arrived, this one from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life and the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. It finds that one-half of Americans have a favorable opinion of the pope. But 30 percent don't know...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 4, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (45)

Winners Announced

Check out these totally cute videos! They're the finalists of the Archdiocese of Washington's kids' video contest. They'll be shown on the Nats' giant video screen before Pope Benedict XVI arrives for the papal Mass at Nationals Park on April 17. Our fave -- the Seton School's bouncy salute to...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 3, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (3)

The Pope Gets 20 Minutes

Pope Benedict XVI is shlepping all the way to the U.S. -- only his eighth foreign trip as pope -- primarily to speak at the United Nations, and they're only giving him 20 minutes to talk! Actually, that's about double what world leaders usually get when they speak at the...

By Michelle Boorstein | April 3, 2008; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (3)

Pope Adds More Meetings

This just in from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: The pope has added two more meetings with Jewish leaders -- one in Washington and one in New York City. (There had been some grumbling among Jewish leaders that the pope's visit coincided with the arrival of Passover on April...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 3, 2008; 10:34 AM ET | Comments (0)

Furnishings Fit for the Pope

Pope Benedict XVI sure is gathering a heap of furniture. Altars, chairs, kneelers, pulpits and lecterns are being made especially for him for his stay in the U.S. The guy is lucky it's all staying here when he goes back to Rome, otherwise he'd need a flying moving van to...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 3, 2008; 10:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

How to See the Pope

It's too early to spread your blanket on a sidewalk along the route just yet, but here are some details of Pope Benedict's trips in the popemobile through Washington D.C. when he hits town in two weeks. The U.S. Conference of Bishops says that the popemobile will be used for...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 1, 2008; 5:34 PM ET | Comments (1)

Lights, Camera...

The archdiocese of Washington's video contest for kids turned out to be quite a hit. The competition asked for original short films (no longer than two minutes) that demonstrate "your community's enthusiasm for the Holy Father's visit...or show how you are uniquely preparing for his arrival." The archdiocese received almost...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 1, 2008; 5:21 PM ET | Comments (1)

Special Metro "Mass Pass" for Pope's Visit

From my colleague Lena Sun in today's Washington Post: Metro is selling rail passes for $9 for April 17, the day of Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at Nationals Park. The commemorative "Mass Pass" is a paper farecard that can be used for unlimited travel from the 5 a.m. opening until...

By Michelle Boorstein | April 1, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Pope's Satellite

From our friends at Pope2008.com, a Pope blog from the National Catholic Register, comes news of Sirius Satellite Radio's channel lineup for its coverage of the Pope's visit to the U.S. So set those dials. Sirius 119 will be the Papal Archives Channel and will feature speeches from past popes....

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | March 31, 2008; 7:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

 
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