Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate his 81st birthday next week, on April 16, when he visits the United States. In his honor, Catholic school students are pledging hundreds of thousands of hours of service. You can read about the NCEA initiative and sign up at a link within the article. Note also the amount of hours already pledged by your diocese.

The Pope will also mark his third anniversary as pontiff on April 19 while in the United States. His full schedulewill be highlighted by a Mass at the national mall in Washington, D.C. and at Yankee Stadium.

History Lesson
*Have the students research the 1965 visit of Pope Paul VI to the United States, the first time the Pope had visited America. Ask the students to read and report on Pope Paul’s address to the United Nations.