Follow Pope's visit to America as it happens

 A special website: has been created by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to cover Pope Benedict XVI's visit to America from April 15-20. From the Pope's arrival at Andrews AFB to his departure from New York, the site will have the events live. There will also be commentators, guests and live phone-in interviews from US bishops and others. The events are being packaged for viewing at anytime. Coverage of events will start 15 minutes ahead of time. Check the site for actual times. "It's a major event and for some a once-in-a-lifetime event. We want to make sure everyone gets a chance to experience it," said Joe Larson, director of Digital Media for the USCCB. The newly formed Office of Digital Media handles the Web presence for the USCCB and its affiliates along with video and audio production. Larson added, "We look to bring the Holy Father's visit to your computer at the workplace during lunch, at school, at church or in the home. And with the on demand video, if you miss an event live you can view the video at your leisure." The website is full of information such as the papal itinerary, facts and figures on the Church in the United States, biographical information on Pope Benedict XVI and stories of the papal visit. There is also a great selection of multimedia files including the Pope's video-message to the U.S., Cardinal Edward Egan's walk-through of the New York itinerary and Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl and others welcoming the Pope to the US. The first videos to premiere on the site were the finalists in a 'Papal Video Contest,' sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and open to Catholic youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Among the other features on the U.S. Papal Visit website is a blog, giving an inside view of papal visit preparations, views from the pew and reflections on the meaning of the visit. is made possible by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' and by donations of parishioners across the United States to the annual Catholic Communication Campaign collection, which provides funding for a variety of Catholic media efforts. Source: USCCB

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