Archive: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Goody Bags!

If you're attending the papal Mass at Nationals Park on April 17, you'll get a gift bag when you arrive. It will contain the Mass program, the Magnificat (daily prayers and daily Mass readings) and a Vatican flag. Our guess is that a lot of flag-waving will result. If you're...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 11, 2008; 4:37 PM ET | Comments (4)

In Case You Missed It....

The pope is coming to town! Just in case you didn't know that, you won't be able to miss the banners and bus ads in Washington D.C. heralding the arrival of the Holy Father. The archdiocese of Washington has placed ads promoting the pope's visit in 150 Metro buses. They...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 11, 2008; 10:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

He'll Meet the Pope

Peter Osgood, a senior biology major at Catholic University, has won the school's essay contest that nets him a meeting with the pope. More than 125 students entered the contest, writing about "How Catholic education has changed my life." For his winning essay, Osgood gets an intro to the pope...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 11, 2008; 9:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Mass Chalice

Here's a look at the chalice to be used by Pope Benedict XVI at the Nationals Park Mass on April 17. Adorned with rubies, sapphires and glass medallions, it was used by previous popes who have visited the U.S. and had been stored at the Vatican's embassy in Washington. A...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 10, 2008; 2:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Your Contributions Invited

How do you define faith? We'd like to hear from you. But here's the challenge: You must do so in exactly six words. It's our special feature in honor of Pope Benedict XVI's visit. Give it a try, and check out other contributions at Spiritual Shorthand....

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 10, 2008; 1:53 PM ET | Comments (2)

Vatican Official: Jews "Emotional" on Prayer

Interesting story via Reuters about the Vatican's latest reaction to Jewish groups' objections to the Good Friday prayer. The prayer, recited during Good Friday services of Holy Week in the traditional Latin Mass, called for the conversion of the Jews. The Vatican revised the prayer in February and last week...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 10, 2008; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (3)

Your Photos Wanted

To all Sunday school classes, schools, parishes and pope fans in general: If you're holding an event or engaging in any kind of activity to prepare for the pope's visit, here's an opportunity to post your photos on Washingtonpost.com. Next week, if you are attending the papal Mass at Nationals...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 10, 2008; 9:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

D.C. Archbishop Talks About Pope's Visit

Archbishop Donald Wuerl will be online Friday, April 11 at noon ET to take your questions about the upcoming visit to Washington, D.C., of Pope Benedict XVI. The archbishop has been instrumental in arranging and planning the visit, April 15-18, the first papal visit to the area since 1979. You...

By David Marino-Nachison | April 10, 2008; 9:14 AM ET | Comments (0)

Benedict's First Comments On Trip

Pope Benedict delivered his first words to American Catholics ahead of his visit here next week, saying in a taped video message today that: "I am coming, sent by Jesus Christ, to bring you his word of life." He spoke in English mostly, with a brief section in Spanish. Sitting...

By Michelle Boorstein | April 9, 2008; 1:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Yanked YouTube Bobblehead Video

Here's the infamous Metro ad that was pulled after objections by the Archdiocese of Washington. The video shows a bobblehead of Pope Benedict XVI riding the Metro as a way of encouraging those who will attend next week's papal Mass to take the Metro instead of drive....

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 9, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Clergy Sex-Abuse Victims Speak Out

Speculation that the Pope would meet with some victims of clergy sex abuse goes back to the day his visit to the U.S. was announced. Since top Vatican diplomat Archbishop Pietro Sambi recently told National Catholic Reporter columnist John Allen that it was "within the field of possibility" that the...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 9, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Benedict Bobblehead on Metro? Not So Fast

From our Metro System reporter, Lena Sun: It seemed like a great marketing campaign to some at Metro: a Pope Benedict XVI bobblehead riding the train. That is, until church officials saw it. Metro earlier today yanked a YouTube video it had made featuring a Pope bobblehead taking Metro, after...

By Michelle Boorstein | April 8, 2008; 6:55 PM ET | Comments (5)

Popemobile Routes Detailed

This just in from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Popemobile routes for the papal visit next week. Here is a slightly abridged version of their press release: WASHINGTON--Popemobile routes for Pope Benedict XVI, April 16 and 17 in Washington, will include travels along Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Fourth Street...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 8, 2008; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (4)

Benedict and Catholic Gays and Lesbians

Some Catholics are viewing Pope Benedict's U.S. visit next week as an opportunity to remind people of his statements about gays and lesbians. Before becoming pope, then-Cardinal Ratzinger upset many advocates of gays and lesbians with documents that came out of the orthodoxy-enforcing agency he headed: The Congregation for the...

By Michelle Boorstein | April 8, 2008; 9:35 AM ET | Comments (10)

Servers at the Mass

For you Washingtonians, here are some of the Catholics from the archdiocese of Washington who will serve during the papal Mass at Nationals Park on April 17. (Info is from the archdiocese.) Deacon Mark Ivany, 30, a native of Washington, is a seminarian at Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 8, 2008; 6:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Good Friday Prayer Controversy Continues

The Vatican is trying again to reassure Jewish groups, who are upset about a prayer included in an ancient Latin Mass that was revived last year by Pope Benedict. The prayer, recited during Good Friday services of Holy Week, called for the conversion of the Jews and , in the...

By Jacqueline L. Salmon | April 7, 2008; 9:32 AM ET | Comments (58)

 
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