Thursday, February 2
POPE TO JENKINS: NOTRE DAME "A GREAT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY."
ROME - When Pope Benedict XVI began to descend the white marble steps of the Vatican auditorium after his public papal address Wednesday morning, he needed no introduction to the man directly in front of him.
The Holy Father took University President Father John Jenkins' right hand with his own, placed his left hand on top of Jenkins' hand and said, "You're from Notre Dame," Jenkins recalled Wednesday afternoon.
When Jenkins responded yes, the pope said simply, "A great Catholic university."
"I asked him, 'Keep us in your prayers,'" Jenkins said.