Chicagoan At White House For Papal Visit
Reverend Michael Boland heads Chicago's chapter of Catholic Charities. Boland says he'd seen Pope Benedict before … but to see the Pope alongside President Bush … that was something else.
BOLAND: I think it was America at its best, it was beautiful with the backdrop of the White House. Just the Marine band playing patriotic music all the time … very touching. Both the President's and the Pope's were really wonderful.
ALLEE: What did the Pope bring up in his remarks?
BOLAND: Well, the pope, you know, talked about that he came as a friend to the United States. He's always had high regard for America.
ALLEE: Isn't it the Pope's birthday?
BOLAND: It is. They sang to him once before and once after. It was really nice, it was kind of very festive.
Reverend Boland will attend an open-air mass with Pope Benedict in the capital tomorrow morning.