The Catholic University of America

Media Advisory


CUA Students to Pray Rosary with Pope Benedict XVI via Satellite

11 a.m. Saturday, March 1


The Catholic University of America
Caldwell Chapel
620 Michigan Ave., N.E.
Washington, D.C.


On Saturday, March 1, about 100 Catholic University students will begin their spring break in one of the university's campus chapels by taking part in the Sixth European Day for University Students with Pope Benedict XVI presiding via satellite.

Along with CUA, contingents from nine other countries will pray the rosary with the pope.

Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will be filming the event to transmit CUA's portion via satellite to the other locations. CUA participants will view the pope and participants in the other countries on a large television set up in the Caldwell Chapel for this event. EWTN will also broadcast the event to its viewers.

Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington and chancellor of Catholic University, will preside at CUA. Most Rev. Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will also be present. Very Reverend David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, will assist Archbishop Wuerl.

Catholic University students will lead the recitation of the Fifth Glorious Mystery.

This event occurs approximately six weeks before Pope Benedict XVI makes his first visit as pope to the United States April 15-20. He will visit The Catholic University of America on April 17 to deliver an address on Catholic education to presidents of Catholic universities and diocesan heads of education.


To cover the event, contact Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.