Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit is Important

by Sister Julie Ann on April 11, 2008

Pope Benedict XVI and mayorThe Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity stand with the 70 million Roman Catholics and many others preparing to welcome Pope Benedict XVI on his journey to the United States. Two of our Sisters will be present for the Eucharistic liturgy at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and another among the faithful gathered at the new Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.. All of us will be following our Holy Father’s travel itinerary through various media knowing that this is a time to renew our faith and deepen our hope as we strive to follow in the footsteps of Jesus in our world.

Pope Benedict XVI at St. Patrick CathedralThe U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat for Evangelization and Catechesis has created extensive educational resources to help Catholics of all ages learn more about the papacy, the mission of the pope and why Pope Benedict’s U.S. visit is important. Visit these sites: http://www.uspapalvisit.org/holy_father.htm; www.adw.org/papalvisit (The pictures included in this posting were taken at St. Patrick Cathedral on April 19, 2008 by Sister Mariadele Jacobs, OSF.)

Pope Benedict BlessingNeedless to say, Pope Benedict XVI is a peripatetic teacher traveling to seven significant places outside of Italy in less than three years. He is quoted: “Only from the saints, only from God, does true revolution come, the definitive way to change the world.” Called to be followers of Jesus at this time in history, comment on what this papal visit means to you.

11 thoughts on “Pope Benedict XVI’s Visit is Important”

  1. In reading the article on Pope Benedict’s visit in the TIME magazine for April 14, 2008. I appreciated the insights particularly summarized in the last paragraph:

    “When he arrives on U.S. soil on April 15, we in the press will no doubt be parsing Benedict’s every sentence for his opinions on U.S. policy or remonstrance of American morals. But the most important waves of emanating from this contact may reverberate well beyond tomorrow’s news cycle.

    John Paul II and the U.S. played as anticommunist co-leads on the 20th century stage. This Pope, more a student of global drama than an eager protagonist, knows that rising religious conflict may be the 21st centruy’s great challenge.

    He also appears to sense that American power alone won’t solve it–but that the power of American values still might. In rummaging through our founding precepts for a path for his won purposes, he might find something important for us to remember too.”

  2. Pope Benedict XVI’s choice of a name associated with two followers of Jesus who worked for peace (Pope Benedict XV and St. Benedict) headlines to me that he not only brings words of hope and peace at this time in history, but that he proclaims with great enthusiasm that God never abandons his people and is alive and active in the world. How pastorally sensitive to desire to celebrate his own birthday with us! He is the apostle filled with hope and joyful trust in God’s promises as his encyclical “Spe Salvi” clearly states.

  3. Sr. Caritas Marie says:

    I am excited for the Holy Father’s visit to the United States. I am anxious to hear what he has to say to his followers. I hope he continues along the path that John Paul the Great started with World Youth Day. He gives me a lot of hope for the future.

  4. Angela La Valley says:

    I am very excited that the Pope is coming to the U.S.A., and I am also excited that some of our Sisters will be there to welcome him. I hope his words are inspiring for both young and old as well as our nation. I hope his words of peace and love are acted upon.

  5. Sister Pat Sevcik says:

    Pope Benedict XVI is unafraid to address by his life and presence, as well as his words, the necessary qualities to help persons individually and all of us communally, to find the path to peace. May his message of hope and peace truly “revolutinize,” that is, turn each and all of us around in the direction that Jesus would have us walk. Then, the whole world can be transformed, can be the kingdom of God. Do you believe this can happen?

  6. Alexander says:


    May the Holy Spirit fall like rain on our land with the presence of Christ’s vicar.

  7. Pope Benedict is here. And it is his birthday today! On this day historically attributed to St. Francis’ own profession to a Gospel lifestyle, we Franciscans also renew our profession of vows to be sensitive to the mission of Jesus today and celebrate the beauty and diversity found in God’s creation.

    Immigration is a topic that the Holy Father is said to desire to speak to President Bush about in his Whitehouse visit. Recently, Bishops Gerald Kicanas of Tuscon and Jose Isidro Guerrero Macias of Mexicali noted in a pastoral statement on farmworkers that for over 100 years popes have affirmed the rights of farmworkers. “The bishops call for reforms to better the lives of farmworkers: comprehensive immigration reform, overtime pay for seasonal employees, strengthening of pesticide safety measures and strengthening of workers’ rights in Mexico.” This statement came as a result of the Catholic Relief Services project that focused on labor issues in Yuma County. Given that we the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are present in Yuma, AZ in Catholic schools and in parish life, we affirm the importance of conversations on immigration.

  8. Sister Laura Wolf says:

    I was priviliged to attend the Papal Mass in Washington,DC on April 17. What a joyous occasion! There were nearly 49,000 Catholics from all over the nation but mostly from the East Coast at National Park for the Liturgy. It was beautifully done – with just the right combination of traditional and contemporary music. The Archdiocese of Washington worked hard to model the ethnic diversity of its diocese by including people of many races as readers, cantors, gift bearers etc. It was amazing to hear the prayers of people in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and so many more languages. When the Holy Father arrived at the stadium the crowed cheered and cheered. At the beginning of the Mass Archbishop Wurl welcommed the Holy Father. He hardly got the words out of his mouth when the whole stadium began cheering again. The Holy Father responded with a warmth and affection that was vary obvious. His words of encouragement and hope for the American Church were much appreciated. Near the end of the Mass the famous tenor Placido Domingo sang the “Panis Angelicus”. It was beautifully done and when he had completed it the crowd gave him a warm round of applause. What was most delightful, however, was seeing Pope Benedict jump up and hurry over to congratulate the tenor. It was a touching moment. The Mass lasted about two hours and the joy of the crowd was infectious. We are so blessed to live in a Church that is both vibrant and committed – ever old and ever new. I am really grateful to have been a part of this special day

  9. Sister Marcolette Madden says:

    Thanks, Sister Laura, for describing the events and emotions surrounding the Papal Mass in Washington D.C. with such vivid detail. I almost felt I was there.

  10. I had the wonderful priviledge of attending Mass with the Holy Father at St. Patrick Cathedral in New York. It was great to celebrate with 3,000 priests and religious who expressed their love and support for the Holy Father and the Church through their prayer, applause and cheers. Pope Benedict XVI extended his gratitude to all religious and priests.

  11. The papal visit is past history. But current saintly revolutions are in voque as we each “build Christ’s Church” moment by moment. Consider our May retreat and gain support from other young women desiring to make a difference in our world.

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