A papal sighting in LoHud?

Will Pope Benedict XVI be coming to Yonkers?

The pope’s itinerary for his U.S. trip in April has not been released and probably won’t be for some time.

But “Whispers in the Loggia”:http://whispersintheloggia.blogspot.com/ is reporting that the pontiff may visit St. Joseph’s Seminary in Yonkers on the afternoon of Saturday, April 19.

tjndc5-5h45xswo8qw1m8199n8k_layout.jpgA papal advance team visited Washington and New York last week. And officials from the U.S. Bishops Conference recently “met”:http://www.catholicnews.com/data/stories/cns/0705959.htm with the pontiff to discuss, among other things, the Big Trip.

Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, wrote this in an email to me a little while ago:

We are still awaiting details of what the Holy Father’s itinerary will be. Until we have official word from the Vatican on the trip, I’m not able to confirm any specific aspects of the upcoming visit.

The pope visited Dunwoodie back in 1988 (when he was still Cardinal Ratzinger, of course) for an academic conference.

Pope John Paul II came to the seminary in 1995.

Whispers has Benedict addressing the U.N. on Friday, April 18, leading a liturgy for priests and religious on Saturday morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and then heading north to Dunwoodie in the afternoon.

The next morning, Benedict would be celebrating Mass at Yankee Stadium (not Central Park, as Whispers first suggested).

As Whispers notes:

Bottom line: everything can, and very well might, change. But this is where things are heading as of the present… even if “Nothing is confirmed until the Holy Father signs off on it.”

Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.