.- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the planned Popemobile routes for Pope Benedict XVI’s April visit to Washington, D.C. It has also announced locations where Catholics and the general public can see the Pope as he travels through the city.
The motorcade traveling west on Pennsylvania Avenue from the Pope’s April 16 meeting at the White House will provide the best chance to see the Pope. After his noon meeting, the Pope’s route will follow Pennsylvania Avenue to Washington Circle. From there, the motorcade will head toward Massachusetts Avenue through Rock Creek Parkway, and then to the papal nuncio’s residence located across from the U.S. Naval Observatory.
Sidewalks immediately in front of the White House and Lafayette Park, directly across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, in addition to Washington Circle, will be closed to the public.
Later on April 16, at about 4:15 p.m., the Pope will travel via Popemobile from the offices of the USCCB at 3211 4th Street, NE, to the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Michigan Avenue, where he will meet with the U.S. bishops. The west side of 4th Street, NE, and the south side of Michigan Avenue in front of and across from the Shrine will provide opportunities for the public to view the Pope.
Sporadic automobile traffic restrictions will occur during the Pope’s travel times.
On April 17, there will be an opportunity to see Pope Benedict on the campus of the Catholic University of America as he travels to meet with religious leaders of other faiths at the nearby Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. Access to observation areas on the campus will be provided only to those with tickets.
The university has made tickets available through local Church-sponsored Catholic organizations, including parishes. Submissions to receive the tickets, available in blocks of 50 to such organizations, must be sent no later than Thursday, April 10, to the address [email protected]. The submissions must include name, address, and affiliation.