Monday, November 10, 2014

Live from "Opening Day"

.(9.15am) Good morning from Baltimore and this 96th edition of the "Fall Classic" – the US bishops' November Plenary.

This first public day having started with closed-door meetings of the conference's 15 regions, the open session on the floor doesn't get underway until 10.15 Eastern; Archbishop Joseph Kurtz's first turn at the annual Presidential Address should begin around 11, following the customary opening day remarks from the Nuncio to Washington, Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ².

Before breaking for lunch, the four US delegates to last month's Extraordinary Synod will brief the body on the assembly. The meeting adjourns at 3pm due to the evening Mass to mark the American hierarchy's 225th anniversary in the nation's first cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption.

Livestream, etc. to come once the Floor fires up... even more than usual, though, what's been happening outside camera range is the most fascinating thing of all. More on that and all the rest in due course.