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 sitting on the baseball field, you get even more stuff: a poncho (in case of rain), a Pope Benedict XVI prayer card, bottled water and a snack (a granola bar and cinnamon crisps). The bad news: that food will have to do you. You probably won't be able to get to the snack bars, the folks at the Archdiocese of Washington say. So eat a big breakfast. (There will be 5,600 people sitting on the field -- a mix of clergy, nuns, monks and others and some lay people, who were ticketed at random.)

Also, note: During the Mass itself, the snack bars will be closed.

By Jacqueline L. Salmon |  April 11, 2008; 4:37 PM ET
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Truly scary that in the year 2008 Americans still follow this Pope's belief. Grow up please.

Posted by: Ridagana | April 12, 2008 12:04 AM

To Samuel Kercheval
Monticello, January 19, 1810

SIR, -- Yours of the 7th instant has been duly received, with the pamphlet inclosed, for which I return you my thanks. Nothing can be more exactly and seriously true than what is there stated; that but a short time elapsed after the death of the great reformer of the Jewish religion, before his principles were departed from by those who professed to be his special servants, and perverted into an engine for enslaving mankind, and aggrandising their oppressors in Church and State; that the purest system of morals ever before preached to man, has been adulterated and sophisticated by artificial constructions, into a mere contrivance to filch wealth and power to themselves; that rational men not being able to swallow their impious heresies, in order to force them down their throats, they raise the hue and cry of infidelity, while themselves are the greatest obstacles to the advancement of the real doctrines of Jesus, and do in fact constitute the real Anti-Christ.

Posted by: Thomas Jefferson - Founder of the United States of America | April 12, 2008 6:09 AM

Some people don't have anything better to do than bash Catholicism. It is sad. It's ok to criticize Catholics but God help those who say anything against any other group of worshipers.
It is usually the young, inexperienced and rash who criticize those who profess a religious belief. I wonder how they will weather illness, death, and the noonday devil?
I follow this Pope's belief
"SPE SALVI facti sumus"--in hope we were saved
I challenge the first commenter to read this most recent encyclical.
She will understand how intelligent and educated this Pope is. He is a great thinker!

Posted by: Benedicta John | April 12, 2008 9:50 PM

Anti-Catholicism is America's only acceptable prejudice. The Church has and will continue to outlast all ideologies, movements and secular trends.

Posted by: | April 13, 2008 1:41 AM

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