Apr 16, 2008 - 11:07 pm .- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput reacted to the Pope’s address to the U.S. bishops by agreeing with the Pontiff’s emphases on the need for Catholics to be present in the public square and to buttress family life.
Apr 16, 2008 - 10:55 pm .- Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio said this week the “future of the Church in the United States is the Hispanic community,” as more than 40 percent of Catholics in the country are Latinos.
Apr 16, 2008 - 10:36 pm .- A White House dinner held this evening in honor of Pope Benedict XVI was attended by about 250 prominent guests, including all five Catholic Supreme Court Justices, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee Senator John McCain, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Associated Press reports.
Apr 16, 2008 - 09:35 pm .- The following is a summary of the question and answer session that Pope Benedict XVI held with the bishops of the United States at the National Shrine. The responses of the Pope have been edited for the sake of brevity but can be viewed in their entirety by clicking here.
Apr 16, 2008 - 06:26 pm .- Speaking to all 350 bishops of the United States in Washington D.C. this evening, Benedict XVI challenged the Church leaders to bring the message of hope in Christ to the country by “clearing away some of the barriers” to “an encounter with the living God". Among the barriers he mentioned are the view that faith can be separated from public actions, materialism and individualism.
Apr 16, 2008 - 05:16 pm .- This afternoon Catholic School students met with the Pope to personally deliver pledges of more than 1.7 million hours of community service to honor the Pope’s 81st birthday. The students met with the Pope at the Vatican Embassy. The National Catholic Educational Association asked students from around the country to offer community services in celebration of Benedict’s visit and his birthday.
Apr 16, 2008 - 02:27 pm .- After a welcome ceremony filled with displays of Americana and good wishes, Pope Benedict and President Bush met in the Oval Office for a private conversation that centered around achieving peace in the Middle East and other areas of mutual concern.
Apr 16, 2008 - 01:53 pm .- Freddy Patino, a Colombian seminarian from the Archdiocese of New York, has been chosen to care for the Pope’s mitre and skullcap during his visit to New York.
Apr 16, 2008 - 12:16 pm .- During his recent visit to England and Wales, Archbishop Ruben Salazar of Barranquilla in Colombia said, “We cannot live in conflict any longer. Our society needs true change.”
Apr 16, 2008 - 10:21 am .- This morning Pope Benedict was officially welcomed to the United States by President Bush and 12,000 other guests at the White House. During the reception, the Pontiff described the goal of his visit to bring hope to American Catholics and strengthen them to increasingly contribute to the life of the United States.
Apr 16, 2008 - 09:25 am .- Visitors to the Holy See are often fascinated by the colorful uniforms worn by the Swiss Guards when serving the Pope. While the Pontiff is present in the United States, the American Secret Service will work closely with the Swiss Guards for the protection of the Holy Father.
Apr 16, 2008 - 07:05 am .- The most recognizable vehicle in Washington, D.C. this week will most likely be the, “Popemobile”. The term is affectionately applied to the protective glass enclosed Mercedes-Benz that takes the Holy Father from one event to another during his pastoral journeys.
Apr 16, 2008 - 04:54 am .- Catholic University of America (CUA) is preparing for the visit of Pope Benedict with intense preparation, banner-making, and prayer vigils, according to a press release from the university.
Apr 16, 2008 - 01:58 am .- The Bishop of Winona has said that a woman will excommunicate herself for undergoing an ordination ceremony administered by the excommunicated Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement, the Winona Daily News reports.