Friday, April 4, 2008

Twenty Minutes?

United Nations will permit the Pope to speak for twenty minutes, reports Washington Post's PopeWatch:

The pope will address a gathering of diplomats at the U.N. General Assembly for 20 minutes on April 18, from 11:30 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. He will then meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon and about 30 to 40 other senior U.N. officials in the Indonesian Lounge, near the General Assembly, the official said. They will set up a reception line for the Pope and officials will line up to greet him. Then he will return to the General Assembly Hall to address U.N. staff members at about 12:30. The secretary-general will deliver opening remarks. The second session, including Ban's remarks, will last 20 minutes.
Even so, PopeWatch remind us "that's about double what world leaders usually get when they speak at the U.N.'s annual debates."

We'll be eagerly hanging on to every word.