Sunday, April 13, 2008

Soledad to Anchor Coverage of Pope's Visit


Soledad O’Brien will anchor CNN’s live coverage April 20 as Pope Benedict visits Ground Zero of the World Trade Center and officiates Mass in New York’s Yankee Stadium. She will be joined by weekend CNN Newsroom anchors T.J. Holmes and Betty Nguyen reporting from location and Vatican analyst John Allen.

CNN’s papal coverage will reach more than 310 million households worldwide.

This is Pope Benedict’s first official papal visit to the United States and CNN.com, CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN en Español, CNN Radio and Headline News will all be reporting.

They will also cover the Pope’s address to the United Nations, his meeting with President George W. Bush, his visit to Ground Zero and other events in Washington and New York.

This trip to the United States marks Pope Benedict’s sixth country that he has visited since becoming pope in 2005. There are more than 67 million Catholics in the United States and more than a billion Catholics worldwide.

The network is also asking viewers and users to share their firsthand accounts of the public events through video, photo, or audio submissions to iReport, CNN’s recently launched user-generated community Web site.

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