Friday, April 18, 2008

Fluffy Friday

Wrapping up an eventful and memorable day, here's your Thursday Texts:
(...and for those just joining us, the Wednesday Recap.)

This morning, the Volo Papale will depart Andrews AFB at 8.45 for New York, where it'll arrive an hour later. At 10.45, B16 will deliver a 20-minute address to the UN General Assembly, then meet with the global body's staff. The UN talk -- the fourth ever given by a pontiff -- is expected to be the key text of this trip focusing on the natural law, and will reaffirm the church's staunch support for the organization and its mission.

(For the record, know that this will run on time, if not ahead of schedule -- today's later events actually began 10 to 15 minutes early.)

Following his stop at the world's "meeting-place," the Pope'll settle in at the Holy See's Mission House on 72nd Street through the afternoon, emerging again before 5pm for the late-scheduled stop at Park East Synagogue before the ecumenical prayer-service at St Joseph's church on the Upper East. (On a side-note, among the national Christian leaders invited to the cross-community prayer was Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal church. Jefferts Schori declined the invite, citing a scheduling conflict; the US branch of Anglicanism will be represented by Bishop Mark Sisk of New York.)

Webstreams and archived video available from the USCCB and Boston's Catholic TV. Enjoy the day... and for all the usual, stay tuned.

Thank you, Washington; thank you, Wuerly-Bird; thank you, CU... and now, friends, on to Gotham.

PHOTO: Getty