The Washington Post reported in a blog that September's visit of Pope Francis will be the third papal visit to the school in less than 40 years. See below.

Pope Francis's stop at Catholic U. will be third papal visit to the school in 36 years

From: Washington Post Date: August 6, 2015 Author: Nick Anderson

For the Catholic faithful, a papal visit is always historic.

For one university in the nation's capital, the upcoming visit of Pope Francis provides special bragging rights: It will be the third papal stop at the Catholic University of America in less than 40 years.

Pope John Paul II came in 1979, and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI, came in 2008.

The university in Northeast Washington is a natural destination for a traveling pontiff. Founded in 1887 under a papal charter, Catholic U. is overseen by a board that includes numerous bishops and other church clerics. It is not just affiliated with the church; it is the church's national university in the United States. Catholic U. has schools in fields such as nursing, business, philosophy, engineering, music, arts and sciences. It has a law school and a school of canon law.

The announcement of the pope's visit was well-timed for the university. It informed its community, including admitted students, of the plans on April 27. That was just before the May 1 deadline for admitted students to decide where to enroll.


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