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Since November, several news stories have detailed the pope's upcoming visit to the United States, including CUA. See the most recent stories below. To see an archive of older stories, please click here.

Student Attendees Show Benedict's Youthful Legacy
From:
National Catholic Register
Date: April 27, 2008
When senior Peter Osgood was accepted into The Catholic University of America four years ago, he expected to earn a degree.

After four pope sightings she's busy counting her blessings
From:
The Dialog
Date: April 24, 2008
It's a tossup as to who got around Washington, D.C., more last week: Pope Benedict XVI or Joan Solomon.

In love with 'grandpa'
From:
The Dialog
Date: April 24, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI probably considered the doors to the Edward J. Pryzbyla Catholic Center just another entry point when he visited The Catholic University of America last week.

Pope Affirms, Challenges Catholic Educators
From:
Catholic News Service
Date: April 24, 2008
Author: Carol Zimmermann
In an address to U.S. Catholic educators April 17, Pope Benedict XVI thanked them for their work and urged them to continue to bring their students to a deeper understanding of faith “which in turn nurtures the soul of a nation.”

Chinese priest calls concelebrating papal Mass 'event of a lifetime'
From:
Catholic News Service
Date: April 23, 2008
Author: Barb Fraze
A Chinese priest studying in Washington called concelebrating Mass with Pope Benedict XVI and more than 1,300 other priests and bishops "the event of a lifetime."

Pontiff's personality shines through in NYC
From:
USA Today
Date: April 21, 2008
Authors: Rick Hampson, Charisse Jones, Kevin McCoy and Cathy Lynn Grossman
Benedict XVI celebrated Mass before a loud, jubilant crowd at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, capping a U.S. visit marked by the pope's focus on clergy sexual abuse and by his emergence as someone more than an enforcer of doctrine — a pastor.

Catholic Students Seek Papal Connection
From: Washington Post
Date: April 18, 2008
Authors: Daniela Deane and William Wan
As Pope Benedict delivered a message about academic freedom at American Catholic colleges yesterday, many students said they didn't relate to him as well as they did to his charismatic predecessor but were open to his message and excited to see him.

Nuanced View of Academic Freedom
From: Washington Post
Date: April 18, 2008
Author: Paul Schwartzman
Pope Benedict XVI extolled the virtues of academic freedom yesterday, but he cautioned that scholarly pursuits and the search for truth must not undermine church doctrine.

Educators urged to balance faith, academic freedom
From:
Washington Times
Date: April 18, 2008
Author: Amy Fagan
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday told hundreds of Catholic educators that academic freedom is not an excuse to stray from Roman Catholic teachings or the responsibility to ensure that Catholic doctrine and practice "shapes all aspects" of university life.

Pope Benedict Thanks Educators and Addresses Academic Freedom in Talk at Catholic U.
From:
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: April 18, 2008
Author: Richard Byrne
In a warmly received address to Roman Catholic educators, including 200 college presidents, on Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed "profound gratitude" for the educators' "selfless contributions," which "serve both your country and the church."

At University Visited by Pope, Students Find a Catholicism That’s ‘Not in Your Face’
From:
New York Times
Date: April 18, 2008
Author: Neela Banerjee
When he was growing up in Hamilton, N.J., Dean Petrone went to Mass every Sunday.

The Green Pope
From:
Newsweek
Date: April 17, 2008
Author: Daniel Stone
Benedict XVI has embraced environmentalism. How he's using church teachings to urge Roman Catholics to take care of the earth.

Pope: Catholic Colleges Should Be In Line With Church
From:
WRC-TV
Date: April 17, 2008
Before the meeting at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Benedict addressed presidents from more than 200 Catholic colleges and universities at Catholic University.

Pope's Visit To DC Ends With Interfaith Meeting

From: WUSA-TV
Date: April 17, 2008
Author: Nancy Yamada
They may have fundamental differences, but Thursday night some 200 religious leaders gathered in solidarity, vowing to promote understanding and peace.

Pope: Catholic Colleges Should be in Line with Church
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 17, 2008
Pope Benedict XVI told leaders of America's Roman Catholic colleges and universities Thursday that academic freedom has "great value" for the schools, but does not justify promoting positions that violate the Catholic faith.

Ticketless Catholic University Students Watch the Mass Outdoors
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 17, 2008
While about 46,000 people crowded into Nationals Park for the historic Papal Mass, many Catholic University students who didn't have tickets to the outdoor event watched the service on the campus lawn.

Maintaining A Catholic Identity
From:
Vatican Radio
Date: April 17, 2008
Later today, Pope Benedict will meet with leaders of Catholic colleges and universities at Catholic University of America.

Multitudes Gather for a Glimpse Or, Perhaps, a Touch of the Hand
From: Washington Post
Date: April 17, 2008
Authors: Paul Schwartzman and Hamil R. Harris
They reached the Vatican Embassy on Massachusetts Avenue NW early yesterday, a boy and his father hoping to see, touch or even trade a word with Pope Benedict XVI.

Father O'Connell Discusses Pope's Speech at CUA
From:
CNN
Date: April 16, 2008
Host: Wolf Blitzer
Father O'Connell discussed Pope Benedict XVI's speech at CUA on "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer.

Papal Visit Presents Security and Logistical Challenges for University
From: Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: April 16, 2008
Author: Beckie Supiano
The pope is coming, and the Catholic University of America here is getting ready.

A Back-to-Basics Messenger
From:
Washington Post
Date: April 15, 2008
Author: Michelle Boorstein
In an era saturated with entertainment and politics, a key question looms as Pope Benedict XVI leaves here Tuesday for Washington: Is his style too dense to get Americans' attention?

Benedict to make students' dreams come true
From:
Washington Times
Date: April 15, 2008
Author: Kristi Moore
The students of Catholic University of America are eagerly awaiting Pope Benedict XVI's visit to campus, and dream of what they would say if given the opportunity to meet him.

U.S. Catholic college presidents summoned to meet pope
From:
Los Angeles Times
Date: April 15, 2008
Author: Rebecca Trounson
In a summons that is prompting both anticipation and unease, Pope Benedict XVI has asked the presidents of all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities, along with Catholic school superintendents from across the country, to meet with him this week during his East Coast visit.

Pope Benedict to arrive in Washington today; diocesan Catholics plan to greet him
From: Catholic Courier
Date: April 15, 2008
Authors: Jennifer Burke and Amy Kotlarz
This afternoon Pope Benedict XVI will arrive in Washington, D.C., to begin his first visit to the United States since he became pope in 2005.

Father O'Connell Discusses Pope's Visit on "The Situation Room"
From:
CNN
Date: April 15, 2008
Host: Wolf Blitzer
Father O'Connell discusses the pope's U.S. visit on CNN's "The Situation Room" with Wolf Blitzer. To view video of the interview, click here.

Pope Baseball T-Shirts And Preps
From:
WUSA-TV
Date: April 14, 2008
Author: Brittany Morehouse
On a day when hundreds of high school students and their parents toured the campus, Catholic University students were preparing to greet Pope Benedict XVI.

AP Q-and-A: Pope's Visit, Impact on U.S. Church
From: Associated Press
Date: April 14, 2008
Reporter: John Seigenthaler
The president of The Catholic University of America sat down with John Seigenthaler to discuss Pope Benedict's first papal visit to the United States this week.

Pontiff's Visit Seen As Rally for Church Beset by Problems
From:
Wall Street Journal
Date: April 14, 2008
Author: Suzanne Sataline
At Catholic University in Washington, undergraduates have been thinking up chants to shout when they greet Pope Benedict XVI on their campus later this week.

A vibrant, if unorthodox, U.S. flock awaits pope's visit
From:
Los Angeles Times
Date: April 14, 2008
Authors: Tracy Wilkinson and Rebecca Trounson
In his first pilgrimage to the United States as pope, Benedict XVI will minister to a Roman Catholic Church that is both troubled and alive with faith.

Pope and Bush have foreign policy differences
From:
Reuters
Date: April 14, 2008
Author: Tabassum Zakaria
Pope Benedict and President George W. Bush disagree on the Iraq war and other foreign policy issues, but their White House meeting this week may focus more on areas of agreement like abortion.

U.S. Catholics Eagerly Prepare For Papal Visit
From:
WJZ-TV
Date: April 14, 2008
The nation's capital is bustling with activity as final preps get underway for the arrival of Pope Benedict XVI.

Pope Benedict to show his softer side on U.S. trip
From:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Date: April 13, 2008
Author: Ann Rodgers
When Pope Benedict XVI visits Washington, D.C., and New York this week, he'll be following the tough act of his popular predecessor, Pope John Paul II, who traveled the world and whose seven U.S. visits drew millions of worshippers and ignited a youth renewal movement in the church.

Pope arriving for first U.S. visit
From: Philadelphia Inquirer
Date: April 13, 2008
Author: David O'Reilly
Despite his reputation as a stern guardian of Catholic orthodoxy, Pope Benedict XVI's first papal visit to the United States will likely be upbeat and positive, say church leaders.

Pope's Visit Stirs Strong Emotions In Faithful
From:
Tampa Tribune
Date: April 13, 2008
Author: Michelle Bearden
He stood among thousands of other Catholic faithful in St. Peter's Square, a pilgrim from South Pasadena who came to Rome to witness a historic moment.

Bingo, car washes fund visit to pope
From: Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Date: April 13, 2008
Author: Heather Hahn
Christie Powell yearned for her youth group to see Pope Benedict XVI, but she couldn’t find tickets to any of his appearances during his historic first visit this week to the United States.

Deflecting spotlight, pope is man of words
From:
Newhouse News Service
Date: April 12, 2008
Author: Carol Ann Campbell
Pope John Paul II would kneel to kiss the ground of foreign countries. He unleashed doves to signal peace. He placed a prayer of atonement in cracks of Jerusalem's Western Wall.

Benedict XVI Ready to Meet America
From: Associated Press
Date: April 12, 2008
Author: Victor Simpson
Next up for Pope Benedict XVI: a welcoming nation that wants to get to know him.

Transforming Nationals Stadium Into a Spiritual Center
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 11, 2008
The new Nationals Stadium is a great place to play baseball, but it's not exactly the first place that comes to mind when you think about prayer.

Catholic University Prepares for Papal Visit
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 11, 2008
Reporter: Philip Stewart
Catholic University is putting the finishing touches on special preparations for Pope Benedict XVI's visit.

Essay Contest Winner Honored with Chance to Meet the Pope
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 11, 2008
Reporter: Jackie Congedo
If you had five minutes with Pope Benedict himself, what would you say?

The Popemobile on Parade
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 11, 2008
Reporter: Philip Stewart
More than 40,000 people are expected to crowd into Nationals Stadium to see Pope Benedict XVI, but even more will line streets to catch a glimpse of the pontiff.

'Crisis' with loss of Catholic schools
From:
Washington Times
Date: April 11, 2008
Author: Amy Fagan
About 300,000 elementary and high school students have been displaced by the closure of more than 1,300 Catholic schools since 1990, mostly in cities, and this "crisis" should be reversed by church leaders, the public, philanthropists and lawmakers, according to a report made public yesterday.

Student designs pulpit for the Pope
From:
Asbury Park Press
Date: April 10, 2008
Author: Bill Bowman
Victoria Englestad will pay particular attention next week when Pope Benedict XVI conducts a special Mass at the new Nationals Park baseball stadium in Washington, D.C.

Essay Winner Wins Opportunity to Meet Pontiff
From: Zenit News Agency
Date: April 10, 2008
The effects of a good Catholic education inevitably surface in the deeds of its students, said the winning Catholic University of America essayist who won the opportunity to meet Benedict XVI.

Essay Contest Winner Will Meet the Pope
From:
WUSA-TV
Date: April 10, 2008
Author: Brittany Morehouse
A senior biology major was chosen among 126 Catholic University students who entered a "meet the pontiff" contest.

Papal Chair Being Delivered
From:
WUSA-TV
Date: April 10, 2008
Author: Samara Martin Ewing
On Friday, April 11, the chair in which Pope Benedict XVI will sit during his speech at Catholic University of America will be delivered to campus.

Washington DC, New York Prepare for Pope Benedict Visit
From:
Voice of America
Date: April 10, 2008
Reporter: Meredith Buel
The leader of the world's largest Christian church, Pope Benedict, is making his first official visit to the United States next week (April 15-20).  Thousands of American Catholics are expected to travel to New York and Washington, D.C. where the pope is scheduled to visit President Bush, celebrate Mass in two large stadiums, and meet with representatives of the world's major religions.

Living As A Young Catholic
From:
WUSA-TV
Date: April 9, 2008
Author: Elizabeth Jia
In light of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Washington, 9NEWS NOW asked Washington's young Catholics about their faith.

Followers Recall 1979 Papal Visit to Washington
From:
Voice of America
Date: April 9, 2009
Reporter: George Dwyer
Next week (15-20 April 2008), Pope Benedict XVI makes his first official visit to the United States.

CUA eager for papal visit
From:
The Washington Times
Date: April 9, 2008
Author: Amy Fagan
The Catholic University of America is spending some $800,000 in landscaping, security and other campus preparations to host Pope Benedict XVI next week, an event that officials expect will attract close to 20,000 people to the campus.

A Look Back Into Catholic University's History with Pope John Paul II
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: Philip Stewart
When Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Washington next week, it will make only the second time a pope has visited the nation's capital. It will also mark only the second papal visit to Catholic University.

Through the Pope's Eyes
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Nearly three decades have passed since the nation's capital played host to a pontiff's visit.

Potrait of the Pope as a Young Man
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: Brianne Carter
News Channel 8's special two-week series on the pope and the papacy continues with an in-depth look at Pope Benedict XVI and the historical significance of his upcoming visit.

The Significance of Pope's Visit
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: Judy Kurtz
When Pope Benedict XVI visits America, it won't just be his first trip to the United States -- it will be the first time a pope has visited the nation's capital since 1979.

Pope Returns to D.C. After Nearly 3 Decades
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
The leader of the Roman Catholic Church hasn't made a trip to the D.C. area since 1979.

Pope Benedict XVI's Global Reach to the People
From:
WJLA-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: Brianne Carter
Pope John Paul the Second was known as the people's pope.

Pope to Host Interfaith Gathering During Visit to Washington
From:
Voice of America
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: George Dwyer
Pope Benedict XVI will make his first official visit to the United States next week (April 15 - 20), with stops scheduled in Washington and New York City.

Students and Deacon Collaborate to Make Altar for Papal Mass
From:
Knights of Columbus
Ryan Mullen and John-Paul Mikolajczyk are not sure which will be more exciting – seeing Pope Benedict XVI offer Mass at the altar they designed or having a chance to meet the pope himself.

Preparing for the Pope
From:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: April 11, 2008
The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, president of The Catholic University of America, describes how his institution is getting ready to welcome Pope Benedict XVI, who has planned a visit this month.

Papal Decree on Colleges Was 'a Call to Authenticity'
From:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: April 11, 2008
Author: Richard Byrne
The Very Rev. David M. O'Connell is president of the Catholic University of America. He took up the post in 1998. He is a canon lawyer by training, and has been a staunch advocate of Ex corde Ecclesiae at his university and throughout Catholic higher education in the United States.

For Catholic Educators, Eagerness and Angst Attend Pope's Visit
From:
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: April 11, 2008
Author: Richard Byrne
Next week's visit to the United States by Pope Benedict XVI has created anticipation — and anxiety — among the leaders of Roman Catholic higher education in this country.

Previewing the Papal Motorcade Through DC
From:
WTTG-TV
Date: April 8, 2008
Reporter: Roby Chavez
The National Shrine of the Basilica at Catholic University is being cleaned top-to-bottom, inside-and-out in preparation for the visit from Pope Benedict XVI.

Singing for the Pope
From:
WUSA-TV
Date: April 7, 2008
Author: Samara Martin Ewing
"As the day approaches, it just gets more and more intense," says Crossley Hawn, a member of the Catholic University choir.

Without John Paul's dramatics, Benedict relies on power of his words, faith
From:
Star-Ledger
Date: April 6, 2008
Author: Carol Ann Campbell
Pope John Paul II would kneel to kiss the ground of foreign countries. He unleashed doves to signal peace. He placed a prayer of atonement in cracks of Jerusalem's Wailing Wall.

US Catholic Officials Prepare for Pope Benedict's Visit
From:
Voice of America
Date: April 6, 2008
Author: Kent Klein
The leader of the world's Roman Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI, will visit the United States April 15-20 for the first time since becoming pope in 2005. As VOA's Kent Klein reports, officials of the Catholic Church in America discussed their expectations for the visit on Sunday's television talk shows.

Father O'Connell Discusses Papal Visit on CNN
From: CNN
Date: April 6, 2008
Host: Wolf Blitzer
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, appeared on "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer" on April 6 to discuss Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States.

Chairs for Pope's U.S. Trip Designed Locally
From:
WFMZ-TV
Date: April 6, 2008
A Catholic University student from Berks County designed a chair for Pope Benedict's first Papal trip to the United States.

Pontiff will visit U.S. amid church's transition
From: Richmond Times-Dispatch
Date: April 5, 2008
Host: Zachary Reid
When Pope Benedict XVI makes his first tour of the U.S. as leader of the Roman Catholic Church this month, he'll greet a branch of the church that's in transition.

Pope Will Find Diverse Church in US
From:
Associated Press
Date: April 5, 2008
Author: Rachel Zoll
In his visit this month to the United States, Pope Benedict XVI will find an American flock wrestling with what it means to be Roman Catholic.

Designing an Altar for the Pope
From:
Washingtonian
Date: April 2008
Author: Kate Nerenberg
When trying to win new business, an architect lives by the mantra “Know your potential client.”

Views From the Outside
From:
The Washington Post
Date: March 29, 2008
Author: Michelle Boorstein
What does a papal visit mean for the three-quarters of Americans who aren't Roman Catholics?

Pope Reaches Out to American Catholics
From: U.S. News & World Report
Date: March 28, 2008
Author: Jay Tolson
It won't be the easiest roadshow for the leader of the world's largest Christian church, a man who many thought would be a quiet but dogmatic transitional figure focused on preserving the church in an increasingly secular Europe.

CUA Architecture Students Discuss Fabrication of Papal Altar
From:
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Date: March 28, 2008
Reporter: Meghan McCorkell
To view video of J.P. Mikolajczyk and Ryan Mullen discussing the fabrication of their papal altar design, click here.

Catholic University Students Build Altar For Papal Mass
From:
WRC-TV
Date: March 27, 2008
Architecture students at Catholic University are constructing the altar and other furnishings that will be used for Pope Benedict XVI's Mass at Nationals Park.

Local Students Design Pope's Furniture
From: WUSA-TV
Date: March 25, 2008
When the Pope holds mass at Nationals Stadium next month, he will be using furniture designed by 2 local architecture students.



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