Bush Visits With Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican

Vatican statement…

This morning, Friday 13 June 2008, George W. Bush, President of the United States of America was received in audience by His Holiness Benedict XVI.

In order to respond to the cordiality of the welcome received by the Supreme Pontiff during his recent visit to the United States of America, the audience followed a special protocol …

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Reuters photo

Quote: “Bush More Catholic Than Kennedy”

White House photo by Chris Greenberg

Here’s an article that definitely mixes politics and religion, and offers a number of very interesting possibilities.

Is President Bush thinking about following Tony Blair’s lead, and becoming Catholic?

He wouldn’t be the first member of the family to do so. Jeb Bush became Catholic some time ago.

Click here to read the story, courtesy of the Washington Post

 

Nancy W. and the Kids Report on the Papal Visit to Washington

Hi All,                             AMDG

Thanks for putting Patty’s video on your web-site http://youtube.com/watch?v=8JZn0xMp3IM !

She’ll be so delighted. 

She is getting great feedback, especially from our poor neighbors!  Lord have mercy!  (I told them to ‘reply all’ with good comments)  LOL.

We had a great time giving witness to our love for our Holy Father and the Holy Catholic Church!  Praise the Lord!

We did not have tickets to the mass or the White House, nor did we try.  Just happy to be part of the crowd viewing from afar.   After watching the disrespect of the mass on TV, I am so happy we didn’t go.  (John Kerry receiving Holy Communion)  Lord have mercy!  It makes me so sad to see and VERY CONFUSING TO THE CHILDREN.

Wouldn’t it have been a terrific witness to have a Latin Mass for our Holy Father, as he loves Latin so much!!!  We could have shown the world the mass we had for 1,500 years before the fall of civilization in the 1960’s, hmmm.  We could have brought a little respect back to the mass for God in the Eucharist, for our Holy Father and reminded the world what respect is.  Maybe upon witnessing, hearts may have changed and respect may even have trickled down to respect for the unborn.   Boy, the Latin mass could have solved Cardinal Francis George’s problem about HOW to refuse pro-abort politicians Holy Communion as stated in the Canon Law.

When the pro-abort recipient kneels, the Priest walks past.  Easy!

Many people were gathering to enter the White House lawn when we arrived there Wed. at 6 AM. All of them had tickets.

We stood where the cannons were set up for the 21 gun salute, between the White House and the Washington Monument.

The Holy Father was 1/2 mile directly across the lawn from me!  So cool!  (If he looked accross the lawn to the cannons, he would have seen us in our yellow babushkas waiving them!

Anticipating his ride down Pennsylvania Ave., we hiked there to get a good spot.  On turning the corner, we were amazed to see thousands of people standing on both sides of the closed road.  A couple protesters with signs and megaphones telling us all we were going to hell for worshipping false idols were drowned out by 50 different little groups of Mexican Mariachi players.  Each little group had tambourines, guitars and singers singing Alleluia and even line dancers!  So festive!

As we walked along,  looking for a gap in the people to stand, we overheard three different people talking on their cell phones that they had never seen anything like it in Washington before!  Apparently the Holy Father finished his talk at the White House because scores of people in suites flooded the overcrowded sidewalks.

Protestants were passing out their, ‘Catholic Church is the Anti-Christ’ magazines.  I overheard the pagan say to read King James Bible.  I told him he wouldn’t have a bible if it weren’t for the Catholic Church.  He said that was not true.  I blessed him and left.

Soon, the motorcade began.  Ever so slowly, the white Pope mobile! Then, there he was, giving us his blessings!!!!  Speechless until I thought, I should scream, but when I did, it didn’t feel right.  I just cried.  It was beautiful.  Jacob took 10 pictures from on my shoulders, just got them back and they were still all pictures of the backs of peoples heads!    We drove to the next Papal site at the Basilica but hadn’t the energy to fight the overflowing crowds. 

We had been hoping to go into the Basilica to pray but it was closed.   The next day we took in the sites in the AM and went to the Catholic Univ. to catch Him en route to the Pope John Paul Center.  The area was strangely quiet. The set up was that He was going to drive inside the compound and only those with a tickets would get a chance to see him.  Apparently, most of the media and fanfare was already on route to NY.

We didn’t think we’d get a chance to see him and the protester now were disgusting.  A couple of the same protesters were there calling the church the  anti-Christ?  But the more offensive ones to me had posters calling the Priests and Brothers horrific names.

We started screaming, ‘We love our Priests’ as we walked passed them!    We chatted to some people, trying to convert the T-shirt salesmen, sort of thinking of leaving and disappointed that we could not get into the C.U. campus. Just then, we overheard a man say to a Mexican group next to us that some more people were being asked to enter to fill in the Catholic U. campus.  A woman had said we could enter with her group when a sweet young man asked me if I needed tickets.  There he handed me the tickets to enter in to see the Holy Father travel on the horse-shoe drive around the buildings in the Pope mobile again!!! 

There were a couple thousand people, I’d say.

We could not get to close to the edge, about 3-4 people deep.  All of a sudden, without warning, he came in the Pope mobile escorted by security!  He was about 15 feet away. Again, I had Jake on my shoulders.  We ran along with the mobile and it stopped just in front of us and He put the window down!  I yelled, “I love you!”  It was fantastic!

Even after being in the car for 30 hours with 10 movies and a broken DVD player,  Jake asked if we could go to New York to see him there too!  All the horrors of the long trip were instantly forgotten.

We got home early Saturday morning after visiting Emmetsburg yesterday.  My husband went with the children to confession Saturday morning!

God is good!   Too tired to write anymore.  Thanks for your prayers.

Love ~ Nancy

PS  There was a great video next to Patty’s on You-Tube that really captured the flavor of the day on Pen. Ave.  It was taken by fotojuan something.  You’ll see it to your right in the Pope video listings.

St. Benedict, pray for us.  

Full coverage of the Pope’s visit to America here    

Go Wichita! Save the Catholic Schools!

Go Wichita
Save the Catholic schools.
By William J. Bennett

One of the notable events of Pope Benedict’s recent visit to the United States was his address to Catholic educators.

While he focused most of his comments on the role of the Catholic University, he did not forget to remind us of the need to recommit to our Catholic elementary and secondary schools, “especially those in poorer areas.” And as President Bush is set to convene a summit on inner-city children and faith-based schools this week, it is worth reflecting on the decimation of America’s urban Catholic primary and secondary schools and what can be done about it.

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Submitted by Doria2

Info here on the Pope’s Visit

Info here on the Pope’s Visit:

Nancy W. and the Kids Report from Washington, DC

Doria2’s Report from the Papal Mass at Yankee Stadium

New Video of the Papal Visit from Patty W. (Thanks Nancy!)

Busy Saturday In New York City for Pope Benedict XVI

Knights of Columbus To Provide Tribute For Pope’s New York Mass

Pope’s Early Arrival Uncommon at United Nations

Pope’s U.N. Address: Human Rights & Natural Law

Working To Bring Back Catholic Culture

Catholic Schools and Church Teachings

Miraculous Moments

Behind the Scenes: A Thrilling Day Covering the Pope.

Pope Meets and Prays With Victims

Doria2 Prepares for Papal Visit in New York City

Pope Praises U.S. Bishops’ ‘Efforts to Heal’ After Abuse Scandals

Pope Tells Bishops To Fight Secular Ideology

 

Pope Benedict XVI Arrives in America

Papal Trip – Dedicated Website

Frequently Asked Questions About the Papal Visit

Pope Getting Royal Treatment From White House 

U.S. Council of Catholic Bishop’s Official Site

From the Vatican

Bishop Peter J. Sartain of the Diocese of Joliet On the Papal Visit

April 17: Day of Prayer for Our Holy Father at Christ the King Church in Lombard

Catholic News Service

Official Archdiocese of New York Site

The Pope and Cardinal George

Catholic Places of Interest in DC and NY

Pope’s Prayer at Ground Zero Will Invoke God’s Peace for “Violent World”

The Washington Post

EWTN Televison Network Coverage

Special Roman Missal for Papal Visit and DC Mass – Pray Along on TV

New Yorkers Preparing for the Pope

Catholic League Welcomes Pope Benedict with Op-Ed Piece in the New York Times

In-Transit Pope Addresses U.S. Clergy Abuse Scandal

George Weigel On the Pope’s Visit

“Sermon On the Mound” – Papal Mass in Yankee Stadium

More About Pope Benedict XVI 

About the Papacy

 

Pope Benedict XVI – On Our Lady’s coredemptive role with Jesus at Calvary

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Pope Benedict XVI – On Our Lady’s coredemptive role with Jesus at Calvary 

On January 11, 2008, Pope Benedict XVI released his 2008 World Day of the Sick Address for February 11, in which he presented his strongest teaching to date on Our Lady’s coredemptive role with Jesus at Calvary. The Holy Father states:

For this reason, Mary is a model of total self-abandonment to God’s will: she received in her heart the eternal Word and she conceived it in her virginal womb; she trusted in God and, with her soul pierced by a sword (cf. Lk 2:35), she did not hesitate to share the Passion of her Son, renewing on Calvary at the foot of the Cross her “yes” of the Annunciation. … Associated with the Sacrifice of Christ, Mary, Mater Dolorosa, who at the foot of the Cross suffers with her divine Son, is felt to be especially near by the Christian community, which gathers around its suffering members who bear the signs of the passion of the Lord. Mary suffers with those who are in affliction, with them she hopes, and she is their comfort, supporting them with her maternal help. And is it not perhaps true that the spiritual experience of very many sick people leads us to understand increasingly that “the Divine Redeemer wishes to penetrate the soul of every sufferer through the heart of his holy Mother, the first and the most exalted of all the redeemed”? (John Paul II, Salvifici Doloris, n. 26)

From an article at Catholic Exchange

Survey: 58% of Americans Like the Pope. 81% don’t know much about him.

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Survey: 58% of Americans Like the Pope. 81% don’t know much about him.

A recent university survey co-sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, shows that 58% of Americans have a favorable opinion of the Pope, while 81% claim they know little about him. 

In an attempt to remedy the 2nd issue, here’s a few bio’s on Benedict XVI:

From EWTN Television

From the Crossroads Initiative

From the United States Council of Catholic Bishops

From the Vatican