April 17th, 2008
02:25 PM ET
15 years ago

Blitzer: I'm meeting the pope. Stay tuned.

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - The historic visit to Washington by Pope Benedict XVI has been very exciting, for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. I must say the sounds and sights have been amazing. The arrival ceremony at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington followed by the very warm welcome on the South Lawn of the White House and the Mass at the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium were seen by millions in the United States and around the world, who will continue to watch over the next few days.

I will be anchoring our Situation Room coverage today from the campus of The Catholic University of America here in Washington. The Pope will be coming over to speak to leaders of America’s Catholic universities. He will also have a separate meeting with leaders from other religions. We, of course, will have extensive live coverage on CNN.

It will also be a very special moment for me, and here’s why:

At one point during our coverage today, I will disappear, and our chief national correspondent, John King, will take over. That’s because the president of Catholic University, Father David O’Connell, has invited a small group, including me, to meet with the Pope on campus. Though I am not a Catholic, I have had a special relationship with the university over the years. Two years ago, I gave the commencement address there and received an honorary degree. Needless to say, this will be a very exciting moment for me, and I will report on the meeting during our coverage today. As we say in our business: Stay tuned.

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soundoff (92 Responses)
  1. TM, OH

    Ask him to pray for your girl, Hillary. We know you are supporting her Wolf.

    Obama 08

    April 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  2. Harrison

    Wolf – are you going to lobby God for a bigger atmosphere to hold your ego?
    Really big day for you, sir!

    I am sure the Pope will be thrilled to meet such an accomplished........what do you do again????

    April 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  3. sandy

    Even the Pope today lemanted over the treatment of Blacks and Native Americans in America. He was disappointed over the racial injustices in this country. No weapon formed against Obama will prosper. Check out the Pope's message today.

    April 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  4. Crystal

    Where is Obama's father?
    Is his father an american and what does Obama's father think of his

    April 17, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. ***AMERICAN***

    I do have to say, I would love to meet the Pope. I have met many world leaders bot civilian and military but, the Pope has always been near the top. I am not Catholic but was raised very close to Catholic...Lutheran.

    Congrats Wolf.

    April 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  6. juliemn

    John Smith? is that like John doe and Jane Doe?

    April 17, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  7. John Pittsburgh

    ***The Pope must of never watched the situation room Wolf, cause if he did then he would want to meet Jack not you. *****

    April 17, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  8. DJ, LA, CA

    Wolf –

    Please ask him about REFORM on these 3 key issues:

    1) Birth Control – obviously abortion is not the answer, but doesn't he need to do more to address the serious problem of overpopulation i.e. China's policies etc.

    2) Shouldn't the Church finally allow Priests to get married and have a wife? This might be part of the problem with widespread reports of sex abuse and pediphile incidients.

    3) Purging the ranks of any clergy suspected of sex abuse and what solution(s) should be addressed the terrible image this has cast?

    April 17, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    The Pope can't draw a crowd like Hillary. Maybe the Pope needs to take notes on why Hillary is so successful and popular. Hillary has more popular votes than the Pope.

    Hillary and Nader, suckas.

    April 17, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. we wanh hillary, not mccain...screw him.

    Shame on you, Pope for not making a stop to see Hillary while you're in OUR country.

    Hillary and Nader 2008

    April 17, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. ABC is a joke

    Whose older Blitzer or the Pope? And where the hell is Blitzer's flag lapel pin?

    April 17, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Dave

    oh boy, you get to meet the pope, whopee!!!!
    how about asking pope Joe Ratzinger about his time as a Hitler Youth. also, ask him if Rome heads the Illuminati. then ask him why pope paul VI started speaking in favor of a New World Order (and every pope since then is in favor of it).

    April 17, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Rob

    Congrats Wolf, this is really a special thing to have happen. Enjoy every second of it. I am a Catholic and apprecriate the Pope coming to America, and the kind words you said about him. Have fun, and report what happens, I will be watching the Situation Room, so have a full report.


    April 17, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  14. Tom

    Y'know Wolf, this is obviously important to you, so congratulations (is that what you say when someone meets the pope?) but as for whether or not the pope is news?????? Not. He's a religious leader and one who gets a lot more press than he should in comparison to the press other positive working religious leaders get. So enjoy. Just don't bore us with the details.

    April 17, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. t-bone

    Even Wolfe could have done a better job at the debate last night. Thats how bad it was.

    April 17, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  16. Citizen of the United States of America


    Vote out the CLINTON DYNASTY and VOTE for CHANGE!!!!!!

    The Citizens of the United States of America deserve CHANGE AND NEED TO VOTE OUT THE CLINTON DYNASTY!!!!!!!!!!

    April 17, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. Eric

    How did a story about Wolf Blitzer meeting the Pope turn into a ground for more Obama v. Hillary battles? You people just won't quit, will you?

    April 17, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Franky

    Ohhh man, that's so cool! Hey Wolf, you think the Pope signs autographs??? I mean, can you imagine how much that will be worth??? And you think Angelina Jolie's twins pictures are worth alot??? I tell you what Wolf, people haven't seen nothing yet....LOL!!!

    April 17, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  19. Mike

    Ask him to pray for Jack Cafferty and the Democratic Party!!!

    After last night we need all the help we can get!!!

    April 17, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Citizen of the United States of America

    CNN aired the "Moost granny video" and now CNN meets with the POPE from the Vatican!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    CNN should show respect to Senator Obama's children!!!!!!!!!!

    Why does the VATICAN come to the UNITIED STATES OF AMERICA DURING OUR ELECTION???!!!!!................................................

    April 17, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. GL


    Make sure you face him when you bow to his excellency. (We all know how it turns out if you face the wrong way....)

    April 17, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  22. Aaron B.; Champaign, IL

    Forget the Pope, he can't solve our country's problems right now... Now, a Jedi... that's someone I would put some support behind.

    April 17, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. Grif

    The Humble Wolf!!! Good Title for a storey...

    April 17, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. rese


    April 17, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  25. T

    Can you tell the Pope that the Church age is over ?

    Also, I would like to see a debate between Pastor Hagee and the Pope or scholars.

    thank you.

    April 17, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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