Full Television Coverage of the Papal Visit Planned

April 13, 2008

If you can’t get to the April 17 Mass at Nationals Park, you can be a part of the Holy Father’s trip to Washington. All of the major local stations – NBC 4, ABC 7, News Channel 8, Fox 5 and WUSA 9 – are planning to provide full coverage of Pope Benedict’s visit to our nation’s capital, including the Papal Mass.

ABC 7, News Channel 8, Fox 5 and WUSA 9 will broadcast live from Nationals Park at 5:00 a.m. Live broadcast will continue through the morning, culminating with a live broadcast of the Mass from 10:00 a.m.- noon. NBC 4 will provide some coverage of the Mass during the morning newscast and continued live coverage of the Mass from 10:00 a.m.

The stations also will stream some of their coverage on their Web sites, which have special Papal Visit sections:

ABC 7: http://www.wjla.com/news/papalvisit.html

News Channel 8: http://www.news8.net/news/papalvisit.html

WUSA 9: http://www.wusa9.com/news/faith/papalvisit.aspx

Fox 5: http://media.myfoxdc.com/papalvisit/

NBC 4: http://www.nbc4.com/pope/index.html

Stations are also planning some online and TV Papal Visit special broadcasts:

Fox 5 is broadcasting a Papal Visit special on Monday, April 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. At 7:00 p.m. it will continue until 8:00 p.m. on their Web site: www.myfoxdc.com.

ABC 7 and News Channel 8 are simultaneously broadcasting a one-hour special on the pope’s visit on Thursday, April 17 at 7:00 p.m.

NBC 4 is running a series of special reports leading up to the visit.

WUSA 9 is streaming all the pope’s speeches and travels live their Web site.

The Washington Post and Washington Times are also providing extensive coverage of the Papal Visit online:

Washington Post: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/pope-watch/

Washington Times: http://video1.washingtontimes.com/papalvisit

During Pope Benedict XVI’s April 15-18 trip to Washington, he will visit the White House, celebrate Mass for more than 46,000 people at Nationals Park baseball stadium, meet with the bishops of the United States, meet with interreligious leaders, and address Catholic educators.

Susan Gibbs
Director of Communications
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