|USCCB LAUNCHES PAPAL VISIT BLOG|
WASHINGTON—An inside view of papal visit preparations, views from the pew, and reflections on the meaning of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, April 15-20, can be found on the papal visit blog at www.uspapalvisit.org
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department for Communications launched the blog March 10, with initial entries from USCCB staff. Their comments include everything from a reflection on the theme by Helen Osman, Secretary for Communications; observations on the ethnic diversity of today's church in the United States by Jesuit Father Allan Deck, head of the USCCB Secretariat of Cultural Diversity; and an observation by Pat Ryan Garcia, assistant director for USCCB Digital Media, that the pope is blessing both baseball leagues on his visit: He will offer Mass in a National League stadium in Washington (Nationals Park) and an American League park in New York (Yankee Stadium).
The first blog comment posted on the site comes from a former catechist in Pennsylvania who is hoping for a ticket to a papal Mass.
The blog is a new USCCB effort spearheaded by the USCCB's new Office for Digital Media.
The www.uspapalvisit.org Web page is also a source of information for the general public as well as for media covering the event. Reporters and editors will access materials for their purposes through a password-protected section.
www.uspapalvisit.org provides links to various venues of the visit, background on the pope and the church in the United States and offers teaching resources provided by the Archdiocese of Washington.