The bells of the University of Notre Dames Basilica of the Sacred Heart will ring for three minutes at 4 p.m. EST Tuesday (April 15) in celebration of Pope Benedict XVIs arrival on American soil.
The pealing of the Basilicas bells will begin at the moment that the popes plane, Shepherd I, is scheduled to land at Andrews Air Force Base near Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, at Catholic University of America, Pope Benedict will addressthe leaders of more than 200 Catholic institutions of higher learning and religious education superintendents from the 195 U.S. Catholic dioceses.Among those in attendance will be Notre Dames president, Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C.
Two years ago, Father Jenkins met and spoke briefly with the pope while visiting Rome for a meeting of Notre Dames Board of Trustees.
Pope Benedicts five-day visit will be his first to the United States since he was elected in 2005.