CARDINAL GEORGE LOOKS BACK ON
POPE BENEDICT XVI’S HISTORIC VISIT TO THE U.S.
On The Church, the Cardinal and You Cable TV Program
Chicago, IL ( May 2, 2008 ) —In the current edition of the monthly cable TV program, The Church, the Cardinal and You, Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, reflects on the time he spent at Pope Benedict XVI’s side during his historic visit to the United States. The half-hour program, which includes extensive EWTN video of the Holy Father’s six-day visit to Washington, D.C. and New York City, airs on Sundays at 1 p.m. on CN-100, the Comcast Network (Channel 100), and Fridays at 7 p.m. on Chicago Loop Cable Channel 25.
The Pope made several stops during the three days he spent in the nation’s capital, including: on his 81 st birthday, a ceremony in his honor on the South Lawn of the White House, the largest gathering ever at the White House to greet a foreign dignitary; an address to the U.S. Bishops in the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where Cardinal George delivered a formal introduction as USCCB president; meeting and praying privately with abuse victims; celebrating an open-air Mass at Nationals Park before nearly 50,000 faithful, including Chicago-area Catholics fortunate enough to obtain tickets.
The Cardinal noted that the Pope drew a connection between truth and unity during his homily at Nationals Park. “We cannot act together as Catholics, face the future together as Christ’s people, unless we are united in the truths of our faith,” states Cardinal George in his column in the current edition of the Archdiocesan newspaper, the Catholic New World, www.catholicnewworld.com.
The Cardinal also accompanied the Pope to New York City where, over three days, the Holy Father: addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations on the 60 th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, only the third Pontiff in history to do so; blessed disabled children; attended a youth rally at St. Joseph’s Seminary; prayed with relatives of 9/11 victims during a ceremony at Ground Zero; celebrated Mass for nearly 60,000 faithful at Yankee Stadium, a gathering that many Catholics from the Archdiocese of Chicago attended.
Also included in this edition of The Church, the Cardinal and You are interviews with Chicagoans who talk about their journeys to the East Coast to get a glimpse of the Pope, and with many of the school children who participated in an April 17 prayer service and picnic in Chicago’s Portage Park to welcome the Holy Father to the U.S.
At the Portage Park celebration, which drew nearly 2,000 people, students and teachers from nine northwest side Archdiocesan Catholic elementary schools gathered in prayer and song with community members from four area neighborhoods while the Pope was saying Mass at Nationals Park. The participating schools were: St. Bartholomew, St. Constance, St. Edward, St. Ladislaus, St. Pascal, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Viator, and Our Lady of Victory grade schools as well as Saint Patrick High School.
The Church, the Cardinal and You is moderated by Graziano Marcheschi, the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Director of Lay Ministry Formation Programs. The program’s producer is Jim Disch, Archdiocesan Director of Radio and Television. For more information on this monthly production of the Television and Radio Office of the Archdiocese of Chicago, please go to the Radio/TV page of Archdiocesan website, www.archchicago.org.