God and Nationals Park

From reporter Jacqui L. Salmon

I'm here at Nationals Park at 4:30 a.m. Quite a site. 300 red-jacketed ushers swarming the place.

The stage and the field are in gold and white. 5,000 white seats are lined up, but the diamond has been cordoned off with white fencing and some kind of artificial bushes.

The forecast is sunny and 70s. I wonder how many Novenas Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, had to perform to get that weather? This would have miserable in the rain.

A couple of notes of what's to come: The pope will (obviously) be celebrating the mass along with what appears to be half the priest and bishop population of the United States: 250 bishops and 1,300 priests. I'm told the archdiocese was surprised by the demand.

The altar, papal chair, pulpit and lecturn were designed by two students at Catholic University. The chalice was made in Spain and the vestments were made in Holland. Holland? Go figure.

By David Marino-Nachison |  April 17, 2008; 6:13 AM ET
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Please let this visit help the Nats turn things around. Can we get the Pope to pray for the team?

Posted by: Nats fan | April 17, 2008 7:31 AM

If he could at least sprinkle some Holy Water around the home locker room that would be good. Maybe Nick Johnson could get through an entire season without an injury.

Posted by: blujeener1 | April 17, 2008 8:24 AM

I think the fawning tone of this blog is inappropriate for a news organization. Could there be some posts that address some of the key issues? I mean, this guy is not some grandfather of your friend. He is the head of an organization (a church, no less!) that admitted to a major sexual abuse scandal that remains unresolved. Sure, many Catholics (and others) are giddy about his visit. But I think there could be some balance to the commentary here. Right now, this blog is a huge victory for the Vatican PR machine.

Posted by: poped | April 17, 2008 8:40 AM

lets just get through today without any diasters. pres. bush and the pope in one facility equals danger zone. but the best thing that can come out of this, I must confess, is that the Nats will not lose this one... yet

Posted by: jk123 | April 17, 2008 9:08 AM

How much did this Catholic Sales Convention and Membership Drive cost American taxpayers?? And why is our "president" fawning on this particular religionist when a short time ago he chose to completely ignore Bishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel laureate with an extensive history of working for human rights? Is it possibly because Benedict is an ultra-wealthy white guy with medieval notions of morality and delusions of infallibility, just like little George? Or is it because Bishop Tutu is non-white, non-wealthy, and came to the US to address an LGBT assembly? Or both?

Posted by: mgloraine | April 17, 2008 9:11 AM

Funny I thought it was an Obama rally.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | April 17, 2008 9:16 AM

People should live what they believe in. Show your faith in your heart.We all are called to be ambassadors of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That was freely given to us over 2000 years ago. Check out the King James version.

Posted by: PRAY WITH ANGEL | April 17, 2008 9:46 AM


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