Saturday, April 19, 2008

Etiquette when meeting Pope

(Rochester, N.Y.) - Hundreds of people from our area going to Washington and New York City-- to see the pope in person. If you get a chance to meet him, how should you act?

Helpful tips from the experts at National Public Radio include:
  1. If you are going to an event, it’s the time to put on your best.
  2. But if you are going to the stadium masses, casual dress is fine.
  3. When the pope enters, you should stand and applaud.
  4. If you are approached by the pope, bend at the knee.
  5. Should you kiss the ring? Yes, if you are Catholic and if the pope offers his hand.
  6. You should address him as,” “Your Holiness,” or “Holy Father.”
  7. At the end of the event when the pope gets up to leave, you should also stand up. Wait for him to leave before turning your attention to anything else.

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