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.
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