Friday, March 14, 2008

Catholic U. invites other Catholic schools to join in welcoming the Pope

Catholic University’s president, Rev. David M. O’Connell, C.M., has invited students from other Washington, D.C., area Catholic colleges and universities to join the CUA community in welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to campus on April 17:

In his invitation to what he called “Catholic University and College Students Welcome the Pope Day,” which he sent to local Catholic college presidents and Catholic chaplains, Father O’Connell said he wanted to “share the wealth” of the CUA community by inviting other students “to be present … to gather and cheer the pope as he finishes his speech.”

Father O’Connell, who serves on the committee helping to plan the papal visit to the United States, added that “the students may even want to bring a banner representing their university or college.” He also extended a similar invitation to the chaplains and directors of campus ministry and Newman clubs at non-Catholic universities and colleges in the Washington area.