The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


Winning Papal Essay to Be Announced April 10
Winner to Meet Pope Benedict XVI


11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10

The Catholic University of America
Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center
Great Room C
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


The winner of CUA's papal essay contest, who will meet Pope Benedict XVI, will be announced at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 10, in CUA's university center.

Hoping to win the prize of being introduced to Pope Benedict XVI when he visits Catholic University on April 17, 128 CUA undergraduate, graduate and law students submitted a 500-word essay on the theme of "How Catholic education has changed my life."

The university's president, Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., will announce the winner. The winning student will be personally introduced to the pope by Father O'Connell. This will take place when the pontiff visits campus to give an address on Catholic education to more than 400 university presidents and diocesan education leaders from around the country.

Both the contest winner and the runner-up will get the opportunity to attend the pope's speech as well as a post-address reception.

All 18 finalists in the papal essay contest have been invited to Father O'Connell's April 10 announcement of the winner. Also invited are the six members of the university's faculty or administration who served as contest judges.

Coincidentally, the date of the announcement of the winner - April 10 - is the 121st anniversary of the founding of Catholic University.

MEDIA: To cover the event and to arrange for interviews, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy in CUA's Office of Public Affairs at 202-319-5600.