The Catholic University of America

Nov. 30, 2007

CUA Launches Web Site for Pope Benedict's April 2008 Visit to Campus

Pope Benedict XVI

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Catholic University of America has launched a Web site dedicated to the April 17, 2008, visit of Pope Benedict XVI to CUA. The site provides information about the Holy Father's meeting at Catholic University with the presidents of Catholic colleges and universities and diocesan heads of education.

The Web site also answers Frequently Asked Questions about the impending papal visit to campus and offers a resource of CUA papal experts for the media. The site aims to keep the university community and the general public informed about the historic occasion.

"Even though we're five months away from welcoming the Holy Father to Catholic University, excitement about his upcoming visit is running very high, and I have been receiving e-mails, letters and phone calls from faculty, staff and students, as well as from individuals outside our university," said Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., president.

"In recognition of this excitement and to satisfy the desire for as much information and transparency as possible, we have created this special CUA Web site," said Father O'Connell. "This is our 'first draft.' We will have much more to add as time goes on."

The papal Web site will be updated regularly. It also provides links to archived media coverage of the announcement, as well as a brief history of CUA's papal ties, including information about Pope John Paul II's visit to campus in 1979.

Information is also available on the upcoming symposium on natural law, hosted by CUA's Center for Law, Philosophy and Culture. The March 27-30, 2008, conference titled "A Common Morality for the Global Age: In Gratitude for What We Are Given," will feature 22 speakers who constitute a "who's who list" of leading philosophers, political scientists and theologians from around the world, and was specifically requested by the pope when he was still prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

To view the CUA papal Web site, see

MEDIA: To interview a member of the CUA faculty or to find out more about the papal visit, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in the Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.