FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2007














His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, will visit the Archdiocese of New York from April 18-20, 2008 as part of a pastoral journey to the United States. The Holy Father will arrive in New York following a visit to Washington, D.C. from April 15-April 17.




On April 18, the Holy Father will address the United Nations, and participate in an Ecumenical Service at a New York parish. A morning Mass with priests, deacons, and members of religious orders will be held on Saturday, April 19, in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, followed by a visit to Saint Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers where the Pope will participate in an event with youth and young people. Pope Benedict will spend his last day in New York by visiting Ground Zero, and by celebrating a Mass in Yankee Stadium. He will return to Rome in the evening of April 20.




His Eminence, Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, reacted with great joy to the news that Pope Benedict will be visiting.




“When our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, told me last July that he would be visiting New York this coming April, I was delighted with the news and shared it with the People of God of the Archdiocese of New York and the entire community of Greater New York. The response of all was both rejoicing and thanksgiving to the Lord for the great grace of the presence of the Successor of Saint Peter in our midst. I have assured the Holy Father of a warm and prayerful welcome. We all look forward to his visit with pleasure and anticipation,” the Cardinal said.




Additional details about the visit will be made known as soon as they are finalized, meanwhile, if you wish to contact the contact the Papal Visit Office, please call:

212-371-1011 Ext. 7673