Seeing the Pope: Public Events in U.S. Visit

March 31, 2008 8:33:57 AM PDT
People hoping to see Pope Benedict during his visit to Washington, D.C. will have very limited opportunities to do so in person. TV coverage is most likely where they will see the pontiff.In New York, Benedict is scheduled to address the United Nations, visit Ground Zero and celebrate two masses, one at Yankee Stadium. The public's access is expected to be limited in all three instances.

"His visit reflects the times we live in," said Susan Gibbs, spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Washington. "There has to be a little higher level of security, unfortunately."

Still, many are joining the long list of people clamoring for tickets to the Mass at Yankee Stadium. About 46,000 will be attending. That is set for Sunday, April 20th at 10:00 a.m.

A mass will also be held during his stay in Washington, D.C. and that is set for Thursday, April 17th.

The only other public event in New York is a concert and gathering with youth and seminarians to be held in Yonkers on Saturday, April 19th. Tickets for this event are being distributed via Catholic schools and youth groups in the region.

Tickets for the masses are being distributed by local parishes around the region, each of which received an allotment. It's up to each pastor to distribute them.

You can find out more about the papal visit and public events during it by calling the Archdiocese of New York's Papal Visit Hotline at 212-371-1011 extension 7673 (POPE).