March 12, 2008

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Information on Pope Benedict's Visit to Ground Zero


March 12, 2008


Dear Families and Friends,
We have received numerous calls from family members regarding the Pope Benedict’s visit to Ground Zero. Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg’s office informed us that the Archdiocese of New York was creating a web-based lottery for 9/11 families to join Pope Benedict during his visit to the World Trade Center site.  We have included information about both the lottery established and the Papal mass at Yankee Stadium.   
The Papal visit to the World Trade Center site, Sunday morning, April 20th, time to be determined
The Pope will be visiting Ground Zero on Sunday morning, April 20th, the time is yet to be determined. The Archdiocese of New York has created a web-based lottery system.  If you would like to make a recommendation for a family member to accompany the Pope, visit the Archdiocese web page at http://www.archny.org/papalvisit/papal-visit-to-ground-zero---recommend-a-family/. The deadline for registration is March 24, 2008 and families that are selected will be notified in April.  The Archdiocese stressed that for security reasons only a small number of family members will be chosen to accompany the Pope to the World Trade Center site, however the visit will be televised.     
The Papal liturgy at Yankee Stadium, Sunday afternoon, April 20th
When we spoke with the Archdiocese yesterday, they informed us that all tickets to attend the Papal liturgy at Yankee stadium have been distributed to local parishes. Each parish received a limited number of tickets which they distributed to their parishioners.
If you are interested in learning more about the Papal visit to Washington DC and New York City visit the Archdiocese of New York’s website www.archny.org <http://www.archny.org/>  
Feel free to contact our office at 203-966-3911 with any questions.    


Warm regards,


Mary and the VOICES staff