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Pope Benedict XVI
10:20 a.m. Members of the U.S. Delegation are escorted from the Diplomatic Reception Room to their seats. \ \ \ 10:25 a.m. Members of the Official Holy See Delegation arrive the Diplomatic Entrance of the White House, via vehicles, and proceed to the South Lawn.\ \ \ 10:25 a.m. Vice President and Mrs. Cheney, Speaker Pelosi, Mr. Pelosi, Secretary Rice, and Ambassador Glendon are escorted to their chairs.\ \ \ 10:30 a.m. Herald Trumpets play Ruffles and Flourishes\ \ \ The President and Mrs. Bush are announced on to the South Lawn\ \ \ Marine Band plays Hail to the Chief: The President and Mrs. Bush walk to the end of the red carpet.\ \ \ Marine Band plays Fanfare.\ \ \ The President and Mrs. Bush will cross the driveway to the south side and face west. \ \ \ Vehicle carrying His Holiness arrives Diplomatic entrance.\ \ \ His Holiness steps out of the vehicle.\ \ \ \ The Chief of Protocol introduces the President and Mrs. Bush to Pope Benedict XVI.\ \ \ \ The President and Mrs. Bush escort His Holiness to the front row of the U.S. Delegation. The President introduces the His Holiness to:\
  • Vice President and Mrs. Cheney\ \
  • Speaker Nancy Pelosi\ \
  • Mr. Paul Pelosi\ \
  • Secretary Rice\ \
  • Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See\ \ \ VP, Mrs. Cheney, Speaker, Mr. Pelosi, Secretary Rice, and Ambassador Glendon take their seats.\ \ \ The President escorts His Holiness to platform.\ \ \ Ceremony begins.\ \ \ Marine Band performs National Anthem of the Holy See.\ \ \ A simultaneous 21-gun salute sounds from the Ellipse.\ \ \ Marine Band performs National Anthem of the United States.\ \ \ Musical Troop in Review\ \ \ Ms. Kathleen Battle sings “The Lord’s Prayer”\ \ \ 10:40 a.m. The President delivers remarks. \ \ \ His Holiness delivers remarks.\ \ \ Army chorus performs “Battle Hymn of the Republic”\ \ \ 10:55 a.m. The President and His Holiness exit the stage and join Mrs. Bush.\ \ \ \ The President, His Holiness, and Mrs. Bush walk up the west steps and proceed to the center of the Blue Room balcony.\ \ \ The President, His Holiness, and Mrs. Bush pose for a photo between the center columns of the Blue Room balcony.\ \ \ The President, His Holiness and Mrs. Bush participate in a Greeting in the Blue Room. (Closed Press)\ \ \ 11:10 a.m. The President and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI depart the Residence and Proceed along the Colonnade to the Oval Office prior to their Meeting. (Press Pool)\ \ \ 11:15 a.m. The President and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI participate in a meeting in the Oval Office (Stills at top).\ \ \ 12:05 p.m. Departure of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI from the South Drive via popemobile.\ \ \ \ Note: The popemobile will proceed from the South Drive to East Executive Avenue and head West on Pennsylvania Avenue. (Press Pool).\

  • Jon Ward, White House correspondent, The Washington Times

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