Medicare    Wine    English Vacation    Retreat    Maine Vacation    Candy    Rosaries   Office Supplies    Coffee    Caskets    Little Lake Sunapee    Books and DVDs

Home Contact Us Site Map Cultural Catholic - We Like Being CatholicConfession:  A Roman Catholic App

Pope John Paul II to be beatified May 1

 

Home
Nativity Maze
Pumpkin Bread
Top Ten Albums
Pope Benedict XVI
Rules of Love
Bullying
Joe Biden
Christian Gaza
Bethlehem
Our Lady Fatima
Nuns Having Fun
Catholic Arabia
Catholic Siberia
Pope's Cousin
JFK Speech
Rules Road
Catholic Movies
Catholic Freebies
Catholic Nuns
More Catholic Nuns
Catholic Nuns 3
Catholic Nuns 4
Catholic Nuns 5
Elvis Nun
Hermit Nun
Olivia Nun
Vietnam Nun
Catholic Fun Facts
Patron Saints
Catholic Webs
Catholic Groups
Teachers
Good Works
Vatican
Pope John Paul II
Bereavement
Catholic Scenes
African Trip
Latin Words
Two First Names

Pope Benedict XVI

Pilgrimage to America

Christ Our Hope

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Coat of Arms

Pope Benedict XVI Messages

My Cousin the Pope

Vatican has announced Pope Benedict XVI will receive U. S. President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and U. S. Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon at the Tower of Saint John in the Vatican Gardens on Friday, June 13, where the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform.  Pope Benedict XVI is breaking protocol by receiving visitors in the Vatican Gardens because President Bush broke protocol by going to Andrews Air Force Base to meet Pope Benedict XVI on his pilgrimage to America.

The purpose of Pope Benedict XVI's pilgrimage to America was to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, the Archdiocese of New York, the Archdiocese of Boston, the Archiodcese of Louisville, and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

Pope Benedict XVI, sitting at his desk, videotaped the following message to Americans regarding his upcoming April 15 - April 20, 2008, visit to the United States.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in the United States of America,

The grace and peace of God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you.

In just a few days from now, I shall begin my apostolic visit to your beloved country. Before setting off, I would like to offer you a heartfelt greeting and an invitation to prayer.

As you know, I shall only be able to visit two cities: Washington and New York.  The intention behind my visit though is to reach out spiritually to all Catholics in the United States. At the same time, I earnestly hope that my presence among you will be seen as a fraternal gesture towards every ecclesial community and a sign of friendship for members of other religious traditions and all men and women of good will. The risen Lord entrusted the Apostles and the Church with his Gospel of love and peace, and his intention in doing so was that the message should be passed on to all peoples.

At this point, I should like to add some words of thanks because I am conscious that many people have been working hard for a long time both in Church circles and in the public services to prepare for my journey. I am especially grateful to all who have been praying for the success of the visit since prayer is the most important element of all. Dear friends, I say this because I am convinced that without the power of prayer, without that intimate union with the Lord, our human endeavours would achieve very little.  Indeed this is what our faith teaches us.  It is God who saves us.  He saves the world and all of history.  He is the Shepherd of His people.  I am coming, sent by Jesus Christ, to bring you His word of life.

Together with your bishops, I have chosen as the theme of my journey three simple but essential words:  "Christ our hope."  Following in the footsteps of my venerable predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II, I shall come to the United States of America as pope for the first time to proclaim this great truth: Jesus Christ is hope for men and women of every language, race, culture, and social condition.  Yes, Christ is the face of God present among us.  Through him, our lives reach fullness; and, together, both as individuals and peoples, we can become a family united by fraternal love according to the eternal plan of God the Father.

I know how deeply rooted this Gospel message is in your country. I am coming to share it with you in a series of celebrations and gatherings.  I shall also bring the message of Christian hope to the great Assembly of the United Nations, to the representatives of all the peoples of the world.

Indeed, the world has greater need of hope than ever.  Hope for peace, for justice, and for freedom, but this hope can never be fulfilled without obedience to the law of God which Christ brought to fulfillment in the commandment to love one another.  Do to others as you would have them do to you, and avoid doing what you would not want them to do.  This "golden rule" is given in the Bible, but it is valid for all people including non-believers.  It is the law written on the human heart, on this we can all agree so that when we come to address other matters, we can do so in a positive and constructive manner for the entire human community.

I direct a cordial greeting to Spanish-speaking Catholics and manifest my spiritual closeness in particular to the youth, the ill, the elderly, and those who are in moments of difficulty or feel themselves in need.  I express my heartfelt desire to be with you soon in this beloved nation.  In the meantime, I encourage you to pray intensely for the pastoral fruits of my imminent apostolic trip and to keep high the flame of hope in the resurrected Christ.  Que la Virgen María les acompañe y proteja. Que Dios les bendiga./May the Virgen Mary accompany and protect you. May God bless you.

May God bless you all.

United States Ambassador to the Vatican Mary Ann Glendon to Pope Benedict XVI: "We are particularly pleased that Your Holiness will visit the United States this coming spring.  On your first visit to the U.S. as Pontiff you will find a warm welcome from a nation that understands the important contribution offered by people of faith in our society.  You will be among friends."

Max Rossi/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland

Pope Benedict XVI arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland on Tuesday, April 15, on an Alitalia 777 named Shepard One.  Francesco Sforza is the Vatican's official photographer and stays within 20 feet of the pope when the pope travels.

How was the Alitalia flight from the Vatican to the U. S.?  Flight

Dear brothers and sisters, dear friends in the United States,

I am very much looking forward to being with you. I want you to know that, even if my itinerary is short, with just a few engagements, my heart is close to all of you, especially to the sick, the weak, and the lonely.  I thank you once again for your prayerful support of my mission.  I reach out to every one of you with affection, and I invoke upon you the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Que la Virgen María les acompañe y proteja. Que Dios les bendiga/May the Virgen Mary accompany and protect you.  May God bless you.

May God bless you all.

Jason Reed/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI President Bush Andrews Air Force Base Maryland

Pope Benedict XVI arriving at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  The pope was met by Church hierarchy, President and First Lady Bush, and First Daughter Jenna Bush.  Onlookers spontaneously sang Happy Birthday to Pope Benedict XVI whose 81st birthday was Wednesday, April 16.  Happy Birthday made Pope Benedict XVI smile.  The pope was then driven to the Nunciature/Vatican Embassy on Embassy Row in the Duport Circle neighborhood of Washington, D. C. to relax after a 10-hour flight and before his hectic U. S. schedule begins on April 16.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
United States, Bavarian, and Vatican flags flutter over Saint Stephen Martyr church in Washington, D. C.

United States, Bavarian, and Vatican flags flutter over Saint Stephen Martyr Church in Washington, D. C. on April 16 in honor of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Washington, D. C.

On his way from the Apostolic Nunciature to the White House, Pope Benedict XVI stopped to talk to schoolchildren from Annunciation who had waited outside to sing to Pope Benedict XVI in German.

Jim Young/Reuters
President Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI to the White House welcoming ceremony

President Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI to the White House welcoming ceremony on Wednesday, April 16.  At an interview prior to the pope's visit, Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) anchor Raymond Arroyo asked U. S. President George W. Bush what he saw when he looked into Pope Benedict XVI's eyes.  The president answered, "God."  Full interview

Jim Bourg/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI at the White House with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush

President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush welcome Pope Benedict XVI at the White House

Larry Downing/Reuters
Conducting the United States Marine Corp Band at the White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI

Conducting the United States Marine Corps Band at the White House welcoming ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI including singing Happy Birthday to Pope Benedict XVI.  But, Catholic schoolchildren at the welcoming ceremony beat the Marine Corps Band to it - the children broke out in Happy Birthday song right after the Vatican and American national anthems, gaining a wide smile from the pope.

Pablo Martinez/AP
Pope Benedict XVI, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush after the welcoming ceremony at the White House prior to the private meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush.  Peace in the Middle East and in Iraq and the protection of Christians is expected to be discussed.

Pope Benedict XVI, President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush after the welcoming ceremony at the White House prior to the private meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush.  Peace in the Middle East and in Iraq and the protection of Christians in these areas was discussed as well as other issues.  In an interview on Catholic television, President Bush stated that he has spoken to both Iraq and Israel about protecting minority rights in their countries.

Larry Downing/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI at the White House welcoming ceremony

Pope Benedict XVI at the White House welcoming ceremony.  There were 13,500 in attendance, the most ever on the White House lawn.

Larry Downing/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI passes the White House Rose Garden on his way to the Oval Office

Pope Benedict XVI passes the White House Rose Garden on his way to the Oval Office

President George W. Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI along the White House Colonnade

President George W. Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI along the White House Colonnade

Larry Downing/Reuters
President Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI into the Oval Office

President Bush escorts Pope Benedict XVI into the Oval Office

L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict XVI in the White House's Oval Office, the president's work space, with President and Mrs. Bush.

Pope Benedict XVI in the White House's Oval Office, the president's work space, with President and Mrs. Bush

L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush meet in the Oval Office

Pope Benedict XVI and President Bush meet in the Oval Office

Pier Paolo Cito/AP
Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush at the White House.  Pope Benedict XVI requested a tour of the president's private quarters which is not the usual part of the White House tour.

Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush at the White House.  Pope Benedict XVI requested a tour of the president's private quarters which is not the usual part of the White House tour.

Pope Benedict XVI blows out the candle on his White House pound cake on April 16, the pope's 81st birthday

Pope Benedict XVI blows out the candle on his White House pound cake on April 16, the pope's 81st birthday.

Jim Young/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile in front of the White House

Pope Benedict XVI waves from the popemobile after leaving the White House along Pennsylvania Avenue and proceeding west to Washington Circle and Massachusetts Avenue through Rock Creek Parkway to lunch with 17 cardinals at the Apostolic Nunciature/Vatican Embassy, the pope's home while in Washington, D. C., located across from the United States Naval Observatory.  Lunch was catered by Cafe Milano in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D. C.

At 5:15 P. M. the popemobile left the USCCB headquarters at 3211 Fourth Street N.E. and proceeded to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception nearby on Michigan Avenue.

 Yuri Gripas/Reuters
Popemobile heading to Apostolic Nunciature after leaving White House

Popemobile heading to Apostolic Nunciature after leaving White House

Lunch was catered by Cafe Milano, an Italian restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D. C.  The cardinals sang Happy Birthday to Pope Benedict XVI on his 81st birthday, Wednesday, April 16.

Pope Benedict XVI met with five victims of the priest scandal in the chapel at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D. C. accompanied by Cardinal Sean O'Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston which was the epicenter of the scandal before Cardinal O'Malley arrived in the Archdiocese of Boston.  Vatican statement said, "They prayed with the Holy Father who afterward listened to their personal accounts and offered them words of encouragement and hope.  His Holiness assured them of his prayers for their intentions, for their families, and for all victims."  Cardinal O'Malley presented Pope Benedict XVI with a notebook of 1,000 names of victims.

Yuri Gripas/Reuters
Popemobile on its way to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Popemobile on its way to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Three popemobiles were flown to the United States for the pope's U. S. trip.

Jose Luis Magana/AP
Mexican band plays Mananitas/Happy Birthday as the popemobile passes by on its way to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Mexican band plays Mananitas/Happy Birthday as the popemobile passes on its way to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Nancy Wiechec/CNS
Fresh coat of varnish on pews in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to The Catholic University of America

Coating the pews with a fresh coat of varnish in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in anticipation of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to The Catholic University of America

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Vespers at the National Scrine in Washington D C

USSCB and Pope Benedict XVI say Vespers/Divine Office at the Crypt Church in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of Wednesday, April 16

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Vespers at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Vespers in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C.

Matthew Barrick/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI meets with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Berton is to the pope's left and USCCB President Cardinal Francis George is to the pope's right.

Pope Benedict XVI meets with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Berton is to the pope's left and USCCB President Cardinal Francis George is to the pope's right. 

Cardinal Francis George presented Pope Benedict XVI with a check for $870,000, collected from U. S. Catholics, as a birthday present to the pope to be used for charitable purposes.

The cape that the pope is wearing is the same cape that was worn when the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception was blessed 90 years ago.  Nuns worked feverishly to restore the vestment.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in dialogue after Vespers at the National Shrine

Pope Benedict XVI and United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in dialogue after Vespers at the National Shrine

David Crenshaw/Eastern Oklahoma Catholic
Preparing chalice for Pope Benedict XVI

Mr. Lam Tran of F. C. Ziegler Co, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, a religious goods supplier, restores the 1938 chalice used by two previous popes and used by Pope Benedict XVI on his April visit to the United States to its original.  The chalice is kept at the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D. C. and is cleaned twice a week by nuns.

Rafael Crisostomo/Catholic Standard
Winning altar design for Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in Washington D C

Ryan Mullen displays the winning design sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington he and fellow School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America graduate student John-Paul Mikolajczyk created of the altar for the Mass which Pope Benedict XVI celebrated at Nationals' Park in Washington, D. C. on April 17. 

The altar is ten feet by four feet and is supported by  arches with parables carved in aluminum.  The papal seal is on the papal throne which is raised four feet from the floor by an ambo/platform made of aluminum.  Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl of the Archdiocese of Washington said, "This design points to the movement and power of the Holy Spirit.  Your eye is caught by the sense of motion."

Deacon Dave Cahoon, a carpenter whose carpentry shop is named Saint Joseph's Carpentry Shop in Poolesville, Maryland, has been chosen to build the above altar on which Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass at Nationals Park.  "How awesome is this?" said Deacon Cahoon who has been a carpenter for over 25 years.  "I can take it from a tree to the finished product."

AFP
Popemobile at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

Popemobile takes a lap around Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. prior to Mass.  Confessions were heard prior to Mass from 6:30 A. M. to 8:30 A. M.

Larry Downing/Reuters
Saint Piux X students welcome Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

Saint Piux X students welcome Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

Vincenzo Pinto/AFP
Pope Benedict XVI enters Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. to celebrate Mass on Thursday, April 17, for 46,000 faithful.

Pope Benedict XVI enters Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. to celebrate Mass on Thursday, April 17, for 48,000 faithful.  The line began forming outside the stadium at 5:00 A. M. for the 10:00 o'clock Mass

Max Rossi/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Nationals Park in Washington D. C. to celebrate Mass

Pope Benedict XVI arrives at Nationals Park in Washington D. C. to celebrate Mass for 48,000 of the faithful.

Larry Downing/Reuters
Placido Domino kisses the pope's ring at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

After singing prior to Mass, tenor Placido Domingo kisses the pope's ring at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

Larry Downing/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C.

Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at Nationals' Park in Washington, D. C.  Hymns were sung in six different languages displaying the universality of the Catholic Church.

During his homily at Nationals' Park, Pope Benedict XVI acknowleged the injustice done to American Indians and African-American slaves, and stated that minors abused by the clergy must be given pastoral care.

L'Osservatore Romano
Pope Benedict XVI serves Communion at Nationals Park

Pope Benedict XVI serves Communion at Nationals Park

The large crucifix used behind the altar for Mass at Nationals Park in Washington, D. C. was borrowed from Saint Mark the Evangelist Church in Hyattsville, Maryland.

After Mass at Nationals' Park, Pope Benedict XVI blessed the cornerstone of Pope John Paul II the Great High School which will be located in Arlington, Virginia.

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Students await Pope Benedict XVI at The Catholic University of America on April 17

Students await Pope Benedict XVI at The Catholic University of America on April 17.

"Dear university students of Washington, D.C., "I send warm greetings to you! With the help of God, I will be in your city in April. With your assistance, may America remain faithful to its Christian roots and to its high ideals of freedom in truth and justice." - Pope Benedict XVI

What was the reaction of The Catholic University of America students about Pope Benedict XVI's visit to their campus?  "I can't even fathom the fact that he may be walking up the same stairs that I use to go to Starbucks before I go to class," said Sophomore Kelly O'Connor, a student from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
Students at The Catholic University of Americ cheer and take pictures when the popemobile passes

4,000 students at The Catholic University of America cheer and take pictures when the popemobile passes

Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Pope Benedict waves to students at CUA

Pope Benedict XVI waves to students at CUA

Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Catholic educators at The Catholic University of America on Wednesday, April 19.

Pope Benedict XVI meets with Catholic educators at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D. C. on Wednesday, April 19.  Pope Benedict XVI reminded educators that parents are expecting their children to receive a Catholic education at Catholic schools.  Pope Benedict XVI received thunderous applause when he gave special thanks to educators who worked in inner cities and on Indian reservations.

Pope Benedict XVI conducts an ecumenical meeting with U. S. non-Christian religious leaders

Pope Benedict XVI conducts an ecumenical meeting with U. S. non-Christian religious leaders on Thursday, April 17, at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center in Washington D. C.  Muslims presented Pope Benedict XVI with a silver-bound Qu'ran.

While in New York, Pope Benedict XVI stayed at the residence of the Vatican Representative to the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, on 72nd Street between Madison and Park Avenues.  A gala dinner for 52 guests was planned.

Lidia BastianichCatholic New York Chef Lidia Bastianich was asked to prepare two dinners for Pope Benedict XVI during his stay in New York City.  "I'm elated," she said.  Pope Benedict XVI left it up to Lidia to prepare whatever she wanted to prepare and asked only that dinner be something light and seasonal.  "You would think that this great person would have a never-ending list of demands.  But to see him exemplify simplicity, I think its wonderful," said Lidia.  What did Lidia decide to prepare for one of the dinners?  Atlantic striped bass and spring vegetables.  Her restaurants are Del Posto, Becco, and Felidia, and her PBS television show is entitled Lidia's Italian Table.  U. S. Federal agents are reportedly testing Pope Benedict XVI's food before he eats.

A brand new ambulance and four paramedics from Saint Vincent's Hospital in New York City were blessed.  This is the ambulance that followed Pope Benedict XVI during his trip to New York.  The ambulance was staffed by 14 paramedics with round-the-clock shifts.  One of the paramedics, Kenny Karger, also staffed the ambulance for Pope John Paul II's visit to New York.

Two physicians were in Pope Benedict XVI's entourage of 30 when the pope visited the United States in April:  Dr. Renato Buzzonetti, who was Pope John Paul II's personal physician, and one physician from the Vatican Health Services.

Other members of the pope's entourage insure that the pope keeps to his schedule, that the liturgy is just so, that answers are clarified for the press, and for papal security.  Monsignor Georg Ganswein, Pope Benedict XVI's personal secretary, was be by the pope's side even when the pope was in the popemobile, and is overall coordinator of the Volo Papale/Papal trip.

What does one give the pope who has everything?  Why, a skateboard, of course.  The Archdiocese of New York  sponsoried a skateboard design competition for the pope's April visit featuring graphics with a religious theme in colors to match the papal flag including black, white, red, and yellow.  The idea came from a skateboarder from the skateboard club at Saint Elizabeth Church in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.  "One of the kids said, 'Why don't we give him a skateboard?' and, boom, it was on.  This was an opportunity to teach the children about the Holy Father," said Father Peter Pomposello.

Lucas Jackson/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI's United Nations guest book entry on Friday, April 18

Pope Benedict XVI's United Nations guest book entry on Friday, April 18

Lucas Jackson/AP
Pope Benedict XVI at the United Nations

Pope Benedict XVI at the United Nations.  The United Nations has 192 member states of the 195 nations worldwide and six official languages:  Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish.

Shannon Stapleton/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI Un International School Children's Choir

Pope Benedict XVI and the United Nations International School children's choir

Mel Evans/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI attended a Christian ecumenical prayer service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville, the German neighborhood of New York City, on April 18.   Saint Joseph's has a German Mass.

On April 18, Pope Benedict XVI attended a Christian ecumenical prayer service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville, the German neighborhood of New York City.  Saint Joseph's has a German Mass.

Mel Evans/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing to those assembled for the Christian ecumenical service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville

Pope Benedict XVI gives his blessing to those assembled for the Christian ecumenical service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville

Mel Evans/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI leaves a Christian ecumenical prayer service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville, the German neighborhood of New York City, on April 18.  Saint Joseph's has a German Mass.

Pope Benedict XVI leaves a Christian ecumenical prayer service at Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville

Dima Gavrysh/AP
Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville, New York City

Saint Joseph Church in Yorkville, New York City

German Catholics in New York City

Max Rossi/Reuters
Procession to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 19, Pope Benedict XVI's third anniversary as pontiff, to celebrate Mass.  Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope to celebrate Mass at Saint Patrick's.

Procession to Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York on April 19, Pope Benedict XVI's third anniversary as pontiff, to celebrate Mass. 

Mike Segar/Reuters
Procession to Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  Pope Benedict XVI was the first pope to celebrate Mass at Saint Patrick's.

Procession to Saint Patrick's Cathedral 

Don Emmert/AFP
Papal Mass Cathedral of Saint Patrick New York City

Papal Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick in New York City for the intention of the priests and religious of the four dioceses celebrating their 200th anniversary. There were two representatives from each of the U. S. dioceses at the Papal Mass.

Mel Evans/AP
Pope Benedict XVI acknowledging applause prior to Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Pope Benedict XVI acknowledging applause prior to Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. 

Shannon Stapleton/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Pope Benedict XVI is celebrating Mass at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  Mass is celebrated in 35 different languages in the Archdiocese of New York.

Gary Hershorn/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI serves Communion at Saint Patrick's Cathedral

Pope Benedict XVI serves Communion at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.  This was the first time a pope celebrated Mass at Saint Patrick's.

Pope Benedict XVI blessed the Bicentential Garden at Saint Patrick's Cathedral.

Jason DeCrow/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI Fifth Avenue

The popemobile traveled from Saint Patrick's Cathedral between 50th and 51st Streets and Fifth Avenue to 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue to the residence of the Vatican's representative to the United Nations, the pope's home while in New York City.  Large-screen televisions were placed along the route of the motorcade. 

Max Rossi/Reuters
Catholic News - Pope Benedict XVI at a Youth Rally at Saint Joseph Seminary in the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers, New York

Pope Benedict XVI at a Youth Rally at Saint Joseph Seminary in the Dunwoodie neighborhood of Yonkers, New York, on April 19.  Pope Benedict XVI visited Dunwoodie in 1988 when he was a cardinal as did Pope John Paul II seven years later.

While at Saint Joseph's Seminary, Pope Benedict XVI visited ailing theologian Cardinal Avery Dulles.  August 24 will be Cardinal Dulles' 90th birthday.

The bus chartered by the Archdiocese of New York from Charter Demand never showed up at Our Lady of the Assumption and at Saint Teresa's in The Bronx, New York, to take parents and students to the Youth Rally in Yonkers.  After praying for a miracle for three hours, including the rosary's 15 mysteries, the students were sent home.  Charter Demand declined to comment.

Within three days of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York, dozens of men inquired about the priesthood.

Popemobile at Ground Zero in New York City on Sunday, April 20

Popemobile at Ground Zero in New York City on Sunday, April 20

Pier Paolo Cito/Pool
Popemobile at Ground Zero

Popemobile at Ground Zero

Kathy Willens/Pool
Pope prays at Gound Zero

Pope prays at Ground Zero

Todd Heisler/Pool
Pope prays at Ground Zero

Pope prays at Ground Zero

Kathy Willens/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle for the victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack in New York City

Pope Benedict XVI lights a candle for the victims of the September 11, 2001 World Trade Center attack in New York City

Kathy Willens/Pool
Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero

Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero

Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer at Ground Zero of the World Trade Center in New York City on April 20, 2008, at 9:30 A. M.

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths
and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here-
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and
Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.

Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives
with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in
Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.

Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.

Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.

Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic
Alexandra Bastien and Diana M. Padilla distribute 1,000 tickets for the Diocese of Rockville on Long Island in New York to see the pope at Yankee Stadium

Alexandra Bastien and Diana M. Padilla distribute 1,000 tickets for the Diocese of Rockville on Long Island in New York to see the pope at Yankee Stadium.  There were 11,000 requests.

Frank Franklin/Pool
Popemobile arrives at Yankee Stadium for Mass

Popemobile arrives at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx for Mass on Sunday, April 20

Mike Segar/Reuters
Pope Benedict XVI waves to faithful as he arrives at Yankee Stadium

Pope Benedict XVI waves to 58,000 of the faithful as he arrives at Yankee Stadium.

Harry Connick, Jr., Jose Feliciano, and Dana, an Irish singer, performed for Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium prior to Mass.

Nicholas Roberts/AFP
Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium

Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium

Stan Honda/AFP
Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium

Pope Benedict XVI at Yankee Stadium

The pope changed into his vestments in the Yankees' home dugout.

Craig Ruttle/AP
Dressed in Polish costume, Brooklynite Alexandra Lapinska, 5, at Pope Benedict XVI's departure ceremony at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, April 26.

Dressed in a Polish costume, Brooklynite Alexandra Lapinska, 5, at Pope Benedict XVI's departure ceremony at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Saturday, April 19.

Addressing the 4,000 faithful who gathered to see him depart from John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, to Rome on Saturday, April 19, Pope Benedict XVI said, "It has been a joy for me to witness the faith and devotion of the Catholic community here."

Domenico Stinellis/AP
Pope Benedict XVI is greeted at Ciampino Airport in Rome by Mayor Francesco Rutelli (to the left of the pope) upon returning home from a pilgrimage to America on April 20

Pope Benedict XVI is greeted at Ciampino Airport in Rome by Mayor Francesco Rutelli (to the left of the pope) upon returning home from a pilgrimage to America on Monday, April 21.

Careful not to be seen as endorsing any product, the Vatican refused to comment on the cases of YooHoo flying back from America to Italy with the pope, or the rumor that the pope likes "that American chocolate drink."

Pope Benedict XVI U. S. Itinerary/Timetable

Tuesday, April 15

12:00 P. M./6:00 A. M. EDT - Depart from Leonardo da Vinci Airport in Rome for Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  Andrews Air Force Base is where the President of the United States' Air Force One airplane is hangered.

4:00 P. M. - Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base.  Private welcome by President George W. Bush and Laura Bush.  This is the first time President Bush has met anyone at the airport as president.

4:14 P. M. - Transfer by car from Andrews Air Force Base to the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D. C.

Wednesday, April 16

Morning Mass in private in the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature

10:10 A. M. - Transfer by car to the White House

10:30 A. M.  Welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI followed by a courtesy visit with U. S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House.

 Apostolic Nunciature

1:00 P. M. - Lunch with United States cardinals, officers of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the papal entourage at the Apostolic Nunciature

4:45 P. M. - Greeting representatives of Catholic charitable foundations at the Apostolic Nunciature

5:00 P. M. - Transfer by car and then by popemobile to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of The Catholic University of America

5:45 P. M. - Celebration of vespers and a meeting with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI.

7:30 P. M. - Transfer by car to the Apostolic Nunciature

Thursday, April 17

9:00 A. M. - Transfer by car from the Apostolic Nunciature to Nationals' Park

10:00 A. M. - Mass in Nationals Park.  Homily by Pope Benedict XVI.  For ticket information, please visit the Archdiocese of Washington's website at www.adw.org.

12:15 P. M. - Transfer by car to the Apostolic Nunciature

4:40 P. M. - Transfer by car to The Catholic University of America

5:00 P. M. -  Meeting with representatives of Catholic universities at The Catholic University of America. Speech by Pope Benedict XVI.

6:15 P. M. - Transfer by popemobile to the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

6:30 P. M. - Meeting with representatives of other religions in the rotunda of the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center

7:30 P. M. - Transfer by car to the Apostolic Nunciature

Friday, April 18

Morning Mass in private in the chapel of the Apostolic Nunciature

7:50 A. M. -  Farewell to those at the Apostolic Nunciature

8:00 A. M. - Transfer by car to Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.

8:45 A. M. -  Departure by air to New York City

9:45 A. M. -  Arrival at  John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Borough of Queens in New York City

10:00 A. M. - Transfer by helicopter from JFK to the Borough of Manhattan in New York City

10:30 A. M. -  Arrival at the Wall Street heliport in Manhattan and transfer by car to the United Nations headquarters

10:45 A. M. -  Visit to the United Nations.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI to the United Nations General Assembly followed by greetings by the United Nations staff

1:45 P. M. -  Transfer by car to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

5:45 P. M. -  Transfer by car to Saint Joseph Church in the Yorkville/traditionally German section of Manhattan

6:00 A. M. -  Ecumenical meeting at Saint Joseph Church.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI.

7:15 P. M. -  Transfer by car to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

7:30 P. M. -  Dinner with United States cardinals, officers of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and members of the papal entourage

Saturday, April 19

8:45 A. M. - Transfer by car to the Cathedral of Saint Patrick

9:15 A. M. -  Mass with priests and religious at the Cathedral of Saint Patrick.  Homily by Pope Benedict XVI.

11:30 A. M. -  Transfer by foot to the residence of the Archbishop of New York.

12:00 -  Lunch with Cardinal Edward M. Egan of the Archdiocese of New York, the auxiliary bishops of the Archdiocese of New York, and the papal entourage.

1:15 P. M. -  Transfer by popemobile to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

4:00 P. M. -  Transfer by car to Saint Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York.

4:30 P. M. -  Meeting with young people and with seminarians at Saint Joseph Seminary.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI.

6:30 P. M. -  Transfer by car to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

Sunday, April 20

9:10 A. M. -. Transfer by car to Ground Zero, the site of 9/11.

9:30 A. M. -  Visit to Ground Zero, the site of 9/11. Prayer by Pope Benedict XVI.

10:00 A. M. - Transfer by car to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

1:50 P. M. -  Transfer by car to Yankee Stadium

2:30 P. M. -  Mass at Yankee Stadium.  Homily by Pope Benedict XVI.  For ticket information, please visit the Archdiocese of New York's website at www.archny.org.

4:45 P. M. -  Transfer by car to the residence of the Vatican's Permanent Observer to the United Nations

7:00 P. M. -  Transfer by car to the Wall Street heliport.

7:20 P. M. -  Arrival at the Wall Street heliport.

7:30 P. M. -  Transfer by helicopter to John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Borough of Queens in New York City

8:00 P. M. -  Arrival at JFK for a farewell ceremony attended by Vice President Dick Cheney and Mrs. Lynne Cheney.  Speech by Pope Benedict XVI.

8:30 P. M. - Depart JFK for Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy

Monday, April 21

10:45 A. M./4:45 A. M. EDT - Arrival at Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy

Pope Benedict XVI's reflections on his pilgrimage to America delivered April 30 at his Wednesday general audience in Saint Peter's Square

Even if a few days have already passed since my return, I would like to dedicate the catechesis of today, as I normally do, to the apostolic trip that I made to the United Nations and the United States of America this past April 15 to 21.  Before all, I renew my most cordial appreciation to the U. S. episcopal conference, as well as President Bush, for having invited me and for the warm welcome they have given me.  And I would like to extend my thanks to all those in Washington and New York who came to greet me and manifest their love for the pope or who have accompanied and supported me with prayer and with the offering of their sacrifices.

As we know, the occasion of my trip was the bicentennial of the elevation of the country's first diocese, Baltimore, to a metropolitan see, and the foundation of the sees of New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Louisville.  On this characteristically ecclesial anniversary, I have had the joy of personally visiting, for the first time as the Successor of Peter, the dear people of the United States of America to confirm the Catholics in their faith, to renew and increase fraternity with all Christians, and to announce to everyone the message of "Christ Our Hope," as the theme of the trip said.

In the meeting with the president in his residence I was able to pay homage to this great country which from the beginning has been constructed based on a pleasant joining together of religious, ethical, and political principles and continues to be a valid example of healthy secularism where the religious dimension in the diversity of its expressions is not only tolerated but valued as the soul of the nation and the fundamental guarantee of the rights and duties of the human being.

In this context, the Church can carry out its mission of evangelization and human promotion with freedom and commitment; and, at the same time can be a stimulus for a country such as the United States to which everyone looks as one of the principal agents on the international scene, so that it is oriented toward global solidarity, ever more necessary and urgent, and toward the patient exercise of dialogue in international relations.

Naturally the mission and the role of the ecclesial community were at the center of the meeting with the bishops that took place in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. I n the liturgical context of Vespers, we praised the Lord for the path traveled by the people of God in the United States, for the zeal of its pastors, and for the fervor and the generosity of its faithful  which is manifested with a high esteem and openness to the faith and in innumerable charitable and humanitarian initiatives within the country and outside it.

At the same time, I was able to support my brothers in the episcopate in their difficult task of sowing the Gospel in a society marked by many contradictions which threaten the coherence of the faithful and of the clergy themselves.  I encouraged them to raise their voices on current moral and social questions and to form the lay faithful so that they be good leaven in the civil community starting from the fundamental cell that is the family.  In this sense, I exhorted them to repropose the sacrament of matrimony as a gift and indissoluble commitment between a man and a woman the natural environment for the welcoming and education of children.  The Church and the family, together with schools, especially those of Christian inspiration, should cooperate to offer youth a solid moral education, but in this task the agents of communication and entertainment also have a great responsibility.

Thinking of the sorrowful situation of the sexual abuse of minors committed by ordained ministers, I wanted to express to the bishops my closeness, encouraging them in the commitment to heal the wounds and to reinforce their relationships with their priests.  Responding to some questions asked by the bishops, I highlighted a few important aspects: The intrinsic relationship between the Gospel and natural law; the healthy concept of freedom which is understood and fulfilled in love; the ecclesial dimension of the Christian experience; the demand to announce in new ways, especially to youth, salvation as the plenitude of life and to educate them in prayer from which sprouts the generous response to the call of the Lord.

In the great and festive Eucharistic celebration in Nationals Park stadium in Washington, we invoked the Holy Spirit upon the Church in the United States of America so that firmly rooted in the faith transmitted by its fathers, profoundly united and renewed, it will face present and future challenges with courage and hope -- that hope that "does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us" (Romans 5:5).

One of these challenges is certainly that of education, and for this reason, in the Catholic University of America, I met with rectors of universities and Catholic educational centers, with the diocesan leaders responsible for teaching, and with representatives of professors and students. The educational task is an integral part of the mission of the Church, and the U. S. Church community has always been very committed in this field offering at the same time a great social and cultural service to the entire country.  It is important that this can continue. And it is in the same way important to take care of the quality of the Catholic centers of education so that in them is true formation according to "the extent of the full stature" of Christ (cf. Ephesians 4:13), joining together faith and reason, truth and liberty.  With joy, therefore, I have confirmed the formators in their precious commitment to intellectual charity.

In a country like the United States of America, with a multicultural vocation, the meetings with representatives of other religions have taken on special importance:  In Washington, in the John Paul II Cultural Center, with Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and Jains; in New York, the visit to the synagogue.  Moments, especially this latter one, which were very cordial have confirmed the common commitment to dialogue and the promotion of peace and spiritual and moral values. In that which considers itself the homeland of religious liberty, I wanted to recall that this should always be defended with a joint effort so as to avoid any kind of discrimination or prejudice.  And I stressed the great responsibility of the religious representatives both in teaching respect and nonviolence, and in nourishing the deepest questions of human consciousness.  The ecumenical celebration in the parish church of Saint Joseph was also characterized by great cordiality.  Together we asked the Lord that He increase in Christians the capacity of giving reasons, also with an ever greater unity, for their unique hope (cf. 1 Peter 3:15) based in a common faith in Jesus Christ.

The other principal objective of my trip was the visit to the central offices of the United Nations Organization, the fourth visit of a pope after that of Paul VI in 1965 and the two visits of John Paul II, in 1979 and 1995.  In the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Providence permitted me to confirm, in the most great and authoritative supranational assembly, the value of this Declaration recalling its universal basis; that is, the dignity of the human person created by God in his image and likeness to cooperate in the world with his great design of life and peace.

Respect for human rights is rooted, as well as in peace, in justice; that is, in an ethical order valid in all times and for all peoples which can be summarized in the famous maxim: "Do not do unto others what you would not have them do unto you," or, expressed positively in the words of Jesus, "Do unto others what you would have them do unto you" (Matthew 7:12).  Upon this base, which constitutes the characteristic contribution of the Holy See to the United Nations Organization, I renewed and I renew again today, the commitment of the Catholic Church in contributing to strengthen international relations characterized by the principles of responsibility and solidarity.

Other moments of my stay in New York have remained firmly etched in my spirit.  In Saint Patrick's Cathedral, in the heart of Manhattan, truly a house of prayer for all peoples, I celebrated Holy Mass for the priests and consecrated persons who had come from all parts of the country.  I will never forget the warmth with which they congratulated me for the third anniversary of my election to the See of Peter.  It was a moving moment in which I experienced in a tangible way all of the support of the Church for my ministry.  I could say the same about my meeting with youth and seminarians, which was held precisely in the diocesan seminary preceded by a very significant meeting with handicapped boys and girls and their families.

I proposed to youth -- who by their nature are thirsting for truth and love -- some figures of men and women who have given an exemplary testimony of the Gospel in the lands of the United States, the Gospel of the Truth that frees in love, in service, in life given for others.  In seeing the darkness that today threatens their lives, youth can find in the saints the light that dissipates it: The light of Christ, hope for all men.

This hope, stronger than sin and death, motivated the emotion-swelled moment that I spent in silence at the crater of Ground Zero where I lit a candle praying for all the victims of that terrible tragedy.  Finally, my visit culminated with the celebration of the Eucharist in Yankee Stadium in New York.  I still carry in my heart that festival of faith and brotherhood with which we celebrated the 200 years of the oldest dioceses of North America.  The original little flock has progressed enormously enriching itself with the faith and the traditions of successive waves of immigration. To this Church, which now faces the challenges of the present, I have had the joy of announcing anew "Christ Our Hope" of yesterday, today and forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, I invite you to unite yourselves with me in thanksgiving for the encouraging results of this apostolic trip and in the supplication to God, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, that it produces abundant fruits for the Church in the United States and in all parts of the world.

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI Coat of Arms

Pope Benedict XVI Messages

My Cousin the Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2003-2010     Home | Sitemap | Contact Us

Google