A faith-filled celebration with Pope John Paul


POPE JOHN PAUL II come to Baltimore Sunday for a whirlwind 10-hour visit during which thousands will pray with him at a Mass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and thousands more will wave and cheer as he leads a parade through downtown streets in his white bulletproof vehicle.

It will be the first trip by a reigning pontiff to the oldest Roman Catholic archdiocese in he United State, although Pope John Paul II and two former popes -- Paul VI and Pius XII -- were visitors here as cardinals.

Before leaving Baltimore for Rome on Sunday night, the pope will have lunch at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on Franklin Street. He will rest at Cardinal William H. Keeler's residence and be given a private tour of the adjacent Basilica of the Assumption, the nation's first Catholic cathedral. He then will pray with leaders of other faiths at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

The pope will meet briefly with men studing for the priesthood at St. Mary's Seminary in Roland Park before boarding a helicopter for Baltimore-Washington International Airport. Vice President Al Gore is expected to join the pope for an 8 p.m. ceremony.

History's most-taveled pope has kept up a busy schedule since canceling last October's planned visit.

In the last year, he has preached in the Philippines, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Belgium, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Cameroon, Kenya and South Afica.

When Cardinal Keeler announced in March that the trip to Baltimore was rescheduled, he said the city would welcome a pope who had published a best-seller and had been named Time magazine's "Man of the Year." Crowds will cause traffic problems downtown.

With huge crowds expected in Baltimore for Pope John Paul II's visit, organizers are warning that downtown could experience taffic gridlock of biblical proportions.

Their advice: Visitors should either ride mass transit or plan to come earlyand stay late for events.

"If you're going to drive downtown, you're going to have to display some patience," warned George G. Balog, Baltimore's public works director.

People who elect to drive should look for parking as soon as they reach downtown, Mr. Balog said, and not expect to circle around the Inner Harbor.

There will be little on-street parking available. Violators will have their cars towed (a $52 ticket) to one of four lots. To get information about their vehicles, owner will have to contact the police or call 396-8111.

Even people who don't plan to attend the papal events may be affected by the heavy traffic and street closures. Officials recommend they avoid the "impact area" downtown 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., four major North Baltimore streets will be closed for the pontiff's visit to the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen: Northern Parkway from the Jones Falls Expressway to Charles Street, Falls Road from Cold Spring Lane to Lake Avenue, Roland Avenue fom Deepdene Road to Lake Avenue, and Charles Street from Cold Spring Road to Lake Avenue.

The Mass Transit Administration is offering a $5 commemorative pass that will be good for an unlimited number of rides on Metro, the Central Light Rail line and on all buses. Others will face fares of $2.50 to $4.50 round trip.

A limited number of $15 Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC) passes will be good on the single Camden line train running from Washington that day. The 1,300-seat train makes stops at Greenbelt, Muirkirk, Laurel and Savage.

MTA officials are encouraging visitors to use the Metro The subway line has 8,000 free parking spaces. Six of the MTA's express bus lines will be operating for the event. The expess buses will bring people from park-and-ride lots to downtown between 5 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. 9:50 a.m.

Arrival and welcome at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

10:15 a.m.

The pope arrives at Oriole Park at Camden yards and tours around the stadium in the pope-mobile.

10:45 a.m.

Celebration of Mass at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, including a homily by Pope John Paul II and the recitation of the Angelus.

1:30 p.m.

Papal parade from Oriole Park at Camden yards to the Basilica of the Assumption. It is scheduled to begin at Pratt and Paca streets and will proceed east on Pratt, north on Light, west on Baltimore and north on Charles. The pope will leave the parade route at Charles and Saratoga streets, but the parade units will continue west on Saratoga St. to Park Ave.

2 p.m.

Lunch at Our Daily Bread soup kitchen. The pope will eat the same fare that is normally served to the homeless at the soup kitchen. Pope John Paul's II's 22 luncheon guests, who include the homeless, immigrants, the developmentally disabled and a single mother, are representatives of six of the 50 programs run by Associated Catholic Charities. After lunch, the pope will rest before the evening's activities.

5 p.m.

A private tour of the Basilica of the Assumption. A delegation from Catholic relief Services will have an audience of about 15 minutes with the pope. The relief agency has 2,000 employees who work in 79 countries, delivering food and technical assistance to the poor.

5:45 p.m.

Interfaith prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. Representatives of dozens of Catholic institutions and other faith groups, as well as civic and government leaders, will attend at Cardinal William H. Keeler's invitation. There will be a program of music and prayer and a short address by Pope John Paul II.

6:25 p.m.

The pope will visit St. Mary's Seminary, where he will greet seminarians from St. Mary's Roland Park; Mount St. Mary's in Emmitsburg; Theological College on the grounds of Catholic University of America in Northeast Washington; and Pius X Seminary in Scranton, Pa. He will then board a helicopter for BWI.

7:30 p.m.

Departure ceremony at BWI, with an address by the pope. Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, are expected to attend.

8 p.m.

Pope John Paul II departs on a Trans World Airlines fight for Rome. THE MASS IS THE central liturgical ritual of the Roman Catholic Church. It consists of a Liturgy of the Word, in which biblical readings are proclaimed and a homily is delivered; and the Liturgy of the Eucharist, where bread and wine are transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ through the consecration. It is a sacrifice recalling the death of Christ on the cross and His resurrection, which atoned for the sins of the living and the dead. And it is a sacrament in that it recalls the words spoken during the Passover meal of Jesus' Last Supper, in which he took bread and wine, blessed them, gave them to his disciples, and told them, "Do this in memory of me." Catholics believe that when they celebrate the Eucharist, Jesus Christ is actually present in the consecrated bread and wine.

Introductory rites

The Mass normally begins with an entrance hymn that may reflect the theme of the Mass or of the liturgical season (such as Advent or Lent). After all make the sign of the cross, the priest offers a greeting and makes introductory remarks. That is followed by a penitential rite, with an examination of conscience and a confession of sins; the Gloria, a hymn of praise to God; and an opening prayer.

Scripture readings

In a typical Sunday Mass, there are three readings from Scripture: the first from the Old Testament, the second from the New Testament and the third from one of the four Gospels.


The sermon, in which the priest explains the content of the scriptural readings and relates them to issues that affect the lives of people in the congregation.

The creed and Prayer of the Faithful

Known as the Apostle's Creed or the Nicene Creed (because it was formulated during the Council of Nicea in 325), it is a profession of the tenants of the Catholic faith. The Prayer of the Faithful consists of petitions offered by the faith community for the church, the work, pulbic authorities, the local community and people in need.


The gifts of bread and wine are carried in procession by members of the congregation to the altar.


The central portion of the Eucharistic prayer, during which the bread and wine are changed into the Body and Blood of Christ.

Communion rite

Consists of the Lord's Prayer; a prayer for deliverance from evil; a prayer for peace, in which members of the congregation exchange a greeting of peace; the distribution of communion; and a prayer of petition after communion.

Final blessing and dismissal

After announcements are made, the priest dismisses the congregation with a blessing.

The Angelus

A Marian devotion that commemorates the Annunciation, Mary's acceptance of God's plan and the Incarnation, when God became human in Jesus Christ. The prayer is said in the morning, at noon and in the evening after the tolling of a bell. It

will be recited following the Mass.

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