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April 3, 2000

Jubilee Year Event Expected To Draw Thousands

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia will hold a Eucharistic Convocation on April 7, 8 and 9, 2000. This event will focus on a document written by Pope John Paul II called"The Church in America," which outlines the opportunities and challenges for the Church in North and South America as it enters the Third Millennium. The Eucharistic Convocation will begin with an Opening Liturgy on

Friday, April 7, 2000
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (See Editor's Note)
Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia
Keynote Address: Francis Cardinal Arinze of the Vatican Curia

The Eucharistic Convocation will continue with a series of presentations on the document
"The Church in America" on
Saturday, April 8, 2000
from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Liacouras Center at Temple University
1700 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
Presenters Include
Most Reverend Oscar Andres Rodriguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras

The Convocation will conclude with a Eucharistic Liturgy on
Sunday, April 9, 2000
Procession begins at 2:15 p.m. Mass follows at 3:00 p.m.
Liacouras Center at Temple University
1700 North Broad Street, Philadelphia
Main Celebrant: Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia
Homilist: Most Reverend Gabriel Montalvo, Pope John Paul II's representative to the United States.


Editor's Note: 1) The Friday Opening Liturgy will be broadcast live on PAX Television. Satellite coordinates are: SBS 6 Transponder 6. Video cameras will not be allowed inside of the Cathedral. A mult box feed will be available outside of the Cathedral. Still photographers and reporters will be allowed inside of the Cathedral in specially designated seating.

2) Cardinal Arinze will not be available for interviews. Catherine Rossi, Director of Communications, will conduct an interview with Cardinal Arinze on Friday morning. Please contact Ms. Rossi at 215-587-3747 with any questions you would like asked of Cardinal Arinze no later than Thursday, April 6, 2000. Audio cassettes and videotapes (beta) of the interview will be available upon request after 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 7th.

Donna Crilley
Communications Specialist

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