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Highlights of Pope Benedict XVI's six-day visit to the United States
Tuesday, April 15
Arriving in Washington, D.C., the pope is met at the airport by
President George Bush and given a White House welcome.

CNS photo/Bob Roller
ABOVE AND ABOVE RIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just outside of Washington, on April 15. The pontiff was beginning his first visit as pope to the United States.
He was met at the airport by President George Bush who, in the photo at RIGHT, later escorted the pope into the Oval Office at the White House

CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

CNS photo/Joshua Roberts

Wednesday, April 16
Meeting with U.S. bishops at the Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington

ABOVE: Sister Maria Theotokos and Sister Mary Arc of the Covenant, both members of the Religious Family of the Incarnate Word Order, wave as the motorcade bringing the U.S. bishops arrives at the Basilica of National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
RIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI arrives by popemobile at the Basilica to join the U.S. bishops in a vespers service.
CNS photos by Rick Musacchio

CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec
ABOVE: Bishops listen as Pope Benedict XVI addresses the U.S. hierarchy in the church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception April 16 in Washington.
RIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI greets U.S. bishops as he leaves a prayer service with them at the Basilica.

CNS photo/Paul Haring

Pope Benedict greets James Henkels, a student from St. Joseph's School in Vancouver, Wash., outside the Vatican Embassy in Washington on their shared birthday, April 16. Henkels turned 11 and the pope 81.
CNS photo/ Michael Hoyt, Catholic Standard

Thursday, April 17
Celebrating Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to celebrate Mass at Nationals Park in Washington. Thousands turned out for the first public Mass of pontiff's pastoral visit to the U.S.
CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters

ABOVE: Pope Benedict XVI gives Communion to a man in a U.S. military uniform during the celebration of Mass at Nationals Park in Washington April 17.
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

LEFT: The pope greets Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl during the Mass.
CNS photo/Joshua Roberts
BELOW: Well-wishers reach for Pope Benedict XVI as he concludes Mass at Nationals Park. Thousands turned out for the pope's first public Mass of his pastoral visit to the U.S.
CNS photo/Joshua Roberts

Inter-religious meeting at Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

Sayyid M. Syeed, secretary general of the Islamic Society of North America, greets Pope Benedict XVI during an interfaith gathering Thursday afternoon at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington.

CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Friday, April 18
The first stop of the pope's visit to New York City is the United Nations

Pope Benedict XVI waits to hear children from the U.N. International School sing and play for him at the United Nations headquarters in New York on April 18.
CNS Photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters

ABOVE:Pope Benedict XVI addresses the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
CNS photo/Bob Roller

LEFT: Pope Benedict XVI signs the guest book as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, look on.
CNS photo/Lucas Jackson, Reuters
A visit to the Park East Synagogue in New York

Students Russell Rutter and Lindsay Dresbach present a matzoh, or unleaved bread used for Passover, to Pope Benedict XVI while Rabbi Arthur Schneier looks on at the Park East Synagogue.
CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters
The pope stands with Rabbi Arthur Schneier before speaking at the Park East Synagogue in New York.
CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters
An ecumenical prayer service at St. Joseph's Church in New York.

CNS photo/Mike Segar, Reuters

CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

At an ecumenical prayer service at the Church of Saint Joseph in New York, Pope Benedict XVI meets Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter Bernice King (LEFT) and Archbishop Demetrios of America (ABOVE), primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in America.

Saturday, April 19
Celebrating a private Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral

Pope Benedict XVI circles the altar with incense during Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York on Saturday.
CNS photo/Gary Hershorn, Reuters
Youth rally and prayer service for the disabled at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, New York
CNS photo/Reuters

CNS photo/Ruth Fremson, Reuters
LEFT: Henry Agudelo of Colombia, a seminarian for the Diocese of Norwich, Conn., added a photo of Pope Benedict XVI to his hat during a youth rally at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers. RIGHT: Pope Benedict XVI blesses a child held by his caregiver during a religious service for the disabled in the chapel at St. Joseph's Seminary

Sunday, April 20
Visiting Ground Zero in New York

Pope Benedict XVI speaks at the site of the former World Trade Center, which fell on Sept. 11, 2001.
CNS photo/Ettore Ferrari, Reuters
ABOVE: The pope talks with a woman on Sunday at Ground Zero as he greets family members of victims and first responders from the terrorist attacks.
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

RIGHT: New York Governor David Paterson greets the pontiff as Cardinal Edward M. Egan of New York looks on.
CNS photo/Todd Heisler, Reuters

BELOW: The pope prays at Ground Zero.
CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters
Celebrating Mass at Yankees Stadium

A deacon distributes communion in the upper deck of Yankee Stadium, where approximately 60,000 people gathered Sunday for a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI on the final day of his pastoral visit to the U.S.
CNS photo/Rick Musacchio

LEFT: A young girl catches up on her reading with a copy of Catholic Digest before the pontiff's arrival.
CNS photo/Harald Oppitz, KNA-Bild

BELOW LEFT: The pope emerges from the New York Yankee's dugout to the cheers of the estimated 60,000 people who attended. The home team's clubhouse served as the main sacristy for the Mass.
CNS photo/Rick Musacchio

BELOW: Pope Benedict XVI celebrates the Mass.
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Priests reach out to the pope as he leaves the Mass at Yankee Stadium.
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec

Vice President Dick Cheney, his wife Lynne, Archbishop Peietro Sambi, Cardinal Edward M. Egan and Bishop DiMarzio wave as the plane carrying Pope Benedict XVI departs JFK International Airport in New York Sunday evening.
CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec
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