Report: Pope Benedict to Visit Boston

1190060282According to a report by the Catholic News Agency, via WCVB, Pope Benedict XVI will be making a trip to Boston in April, 2008 as part of an East Coast swing that will also include stops in New York, Washington, D.C. and maybe Baltimore. The report goes on to say that Benedict will perform a Mass on Boston Common and address the sexual abuse scandal. The Archdiocese has not commented other than to say that any comment is premature.

Last year, Cardinal Sean O’Malley invited Benedict to Boston to help celebrate the bicentennial of the Archdiocese of Boston and to address the aforementioned abuse scandal. The last, and only, time a pope came to Boston was in 1979, when John Paul II performed Mass on the Common for an estimated 400,000 people.

That should be one (heck) of a Patriots Day weekend.