|Bishop Park to greet Pope Benedict in New York|
April 8, 2008 | NEW YORK (UMNS)
A United Methodist bishop will be among those welcoming Pope Benedict XVI to New York on April 18.
Pope Benedict XVI
Bishop Jeremiah Park of the denomination's New York Area has been
invited to greet the pope at a 6 p.m. ecumenical meeting at St. Joseph
Church on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. The meeting’s theme is
"Christ, Our Hope for Unity."
In addition to Park, two other United Methodists are scheduled to
attend the ecumenical meeting: United Methodist Bishop Sudarshana
Devadhar of the Greater New Jersey Area and the Rev. W. Douglas Mills, a
staff executive of the United Methodist Commission on Christian Unity
and Interreligious Concerns.
The event is hosted by Cardinal Francis George, archbishop of Chicago
and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Cardinal
Edward Egan, archbishop of New York.
Mills was part of a Commission on Christian Unity delegation that
exchanged greetings with the pontiff during an outdoor public audience
with Pope Benedict XVI in April 2006. The delegation also met with
Cardinal Walter Kasper and the staff of the Pontifical Council for
Promoting Christian Unity to discuss future relations between the
denomination and the Roman Catholic Church.
Mills said he hopes the pope will take further actions to promote
Christian unity. "Being in New York and receiving ecumenical guests is a
step in the right direction," he said.
The itinerary for Pope Benedict’s visit to the United States begins with
his arrival on April 15 at Andrews Air Force Base, where he will be
greeted by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.
Bishop Jeremiah Park
The next morning, he will participate in a welcoming ceremony on the
south lawn of the White House before meeting privately with the
president. This is only the second time a pontiff has visited the White
Other Washington events include a private prayer service and meeting
with the 350 U.S. Catholic bishops on April 16 and Mass at the new
Nationals baseball park at 10 a.m. on April 17, followed that evening by
an address on Catholic education at Catholic University of America and a
meeting with representatives of various religions.
When the pope arrives in New York on April 18, he will address the
United Nations at 10:45 a.m. and visit a synagogue shortly before the
ecumenical meeting in the early evening. He is scheduled to meet with
various Catholic groups on April 19 and visit ground zero on the morning
of April 20 before arriving at Yankee Stadium for a 2:30 p.m. Mass.
News media contact: Linda Bloom, New York, (646) 369-3759 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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