What the Pope Will Say
From Vatican reporter extraordinaire John Allen comes a detailed preview of Pope Benedict XVI's visit. In Allen's "one-stop shopping guide" to the pope's visit, the National Catholic Reporter analyst says that Americans may be surprised by the pontiff's "broadly positive" tone in the United States. Benedict will have several messages aimed at different audiences: His U.N. address will focus on the world, while several events (such as his meeting with President Bush and his address to 200 religious leaders on April 17) will be aimed at Americans--Catholic and non-Catholic. Benedict will specifically address the country's 70 million Catholics in his homilies in Washington, D.C., and New York, as well as at his meetings with bishops and others (Allen also expects him to address the sex abuse crisis several times, including in his homilies at his public masses in Washington, D.C., and New York.)
In all, predicts Allen, "Over six days... we should get a synthesis of Benedict's thoughts about the world, the role of the United States as the world's "lead society," relations with other religions and other Christians, and the internal life of the Catholic church. This won't be just another foreign trip, the eighth of Benedict's pontificate; in a sense, it will be his entire papacy in miniature."
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