Papal visit is viewed as boon BALTIMORE'S PAPAL VISIT

July 07, 1995|By Norris P. West | Norris P. West,Sun Staff Writer Sun staff writer Peter Hermann contributed to this article.

Gov. Parris N. Glendening, in an appearance yesterday with Cardinal William H. Keeler and Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, predicted that the pope's Oct. 8 visit to Baltimore will pump $19.1 million into the state's economy.

Pope John Paul II will deliver a major address at an outdoor Mass at Camden Yards, the highlight of the one-day visit to the city, Cardinal Keeler said.

The cardinal detailed plans for the pope's visit during a news conference at the Inner Harbor's new Columbus Center, as the governor and mayor looked on. The Vatican approved the

precise plans last week, the cardinal said.

"The eyes and ears of the world will be on us on Oct. 8," Cardinal Keeler said.

Archdiocesan officials said they did not know what the subject of the pope's address would be. About 50,000 people are expected at the Mass.

On Oct. 7, in the evening before the pope's Baltimore visit, a concert for young people is planned at the Pier 6 Concert Pavilion, the cardinal said, effectively turning the papal event into a two-day celebration. The pope is expected to address the Pier 6 crowd from New York via a video screen, Cardinal Keeler said.

The $19.1 million that Mr. Glendening expects the papal visit to generate would include $7 million in employee wages, he said. An official of the state economic development department said the area's hospitality industry and suppliers will reap most of the financial benefits.

The pope was scheduled to visit Baltimore last year, but the trip was canceled because he was recovering from hip-replacement surgery. The visit was rescheduled in March with a tentative itinerary. Yesterday, Cardinal Keeler said the pope's health has improved but that he still has trouble walking.

Before coming to Baltimore, the pope will deliver addresses at the United Nations and in New York's Central Park, church officials said.

BTC Cardinal Keeler said the pope will arrive at Baltimore-Washington International Airport aboard his "Shepherd I" plane at 9:50 a.m. from Newark, N.J., after three days in New York and northern New Jersey.

He will enter Oriole Park at Camden Yards that morning in one of the bulletproof vehicles that the church calls "popemobiles" and will ride along the ballpark's warning track. He then will celebrate Mass with hundreds of local priests and bishops from around the country. A choir of singers from around the state will perform.

After the Mass, the pope will ride in an early-afternoon parade through downtown Baltimore.

The pope then will visit Cardinal Keeler's home for three hours to have lunch and rest. In the late afternoon, he will get a private tour of the Basilica of the Assumption, the nation's oldest Roman Catholic cathedral, and then will participate in a prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

His last stop in the city will be at St. Mary's Seminary and University, the first seminary in the United States. Then he will head to BWI, where a small audience will gather for a 30-minute ceremony and hear a brief papal address. President Clinton or a representative will attend the ceremony. The pope will depart for Rome at 8 p.m.

The evening of the pope's departure, Gilbert Levine will conduct the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in a concert titled "Symphony of Psalms: A celebration of Our Common Heritage," Cardinal Keeler said.

He said the archdiocese will distribute tickets for the papal Mass to parishes in the Baltimore area. Some tickets will also go to dioceses in Washington, Wilmington, Del., and Harrisburg, Pa., he said.

He said the visit is being financed by collections from area parishes but that he had no estimates of how much will be spent. He said about $226,000 has been raised.

The cardinal said organizers are depending heavily on in-kind gifts and volunteers. More than 200 people -- Jews, Catholics and Protestants -- have volunteered, he said.

Security for the visit is being coordinated by the Secret Service with the Baltimore Police Department and Maryland State Police.

Police Commissioner Thomas C. Frazier said he expects about 500,000 visitors, requiring several hundred officers. He said officers will work overtime but that the city should recoup the money from revenue generated by the papal visit.

He said traffic could be a problem in parts of the city that day. "I think you can count on gridlock for several square miles," he said.

Mr. Glendening said the international prestige of Baltimore and Maryland could rise with the pope's visit. "This is a tremendous honor. It's an honor for Baltimore, and it's an honor for all of Maryland," he said.

In his brief remarks, Mr. Schmoke praised Cardinal Keeler for his efforts in making the visit possible.

"This is an opportunity for us to celebrate the things that unite us rather than to dwell on the things that divide us," he said.

OCT. 8 PAPAL VISIT

9:50 a.m. -- Arrival at Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

10:15 a.m. -- Enters Camden Yards for a Mass.

10:45 a.m. -- Mass and address.

1:30 p.m. -- Parade begins at Pratt and Russell streets, travels east on Pratt, north on Light Street, west on Baltimore Street and north on Charles Street, and ends at Saratoga Street.

2 p.m. -- Lunch and rest at the home of Cardinal William H. Keeler.

5 p.m. -- Cardinal Keeler conducts a private tour of the Basilica of the Assumption.

5:45 p.m. -- Prayer service at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen.

6:25 p.m. -- Visit to St. Mary's Seminary and University.

7:30 p.m. -- Departure ceremony at BWI before a small, invited audience. President Clinton or a representative will attend.

8 p.m. -- Departure for Rome from BWI.

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