Pope Will Visit US in April

Pontiff will go to DC, Ground Zero, Yankee Stadium
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2007 1:10 PM CST
Pope Benedict XVI smiles as he is driven through the crowd at the end of his weekly general audience in St.Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2007. Pope Benedict XVI was scheduled to meet...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Pope Benedict XVI will travel to the US in April, visiting the White House, Ground Zero, and the United Nations, the Washington Post reports. On his first trip to the country as pope, and the first papal visit since John Paul II's stop in St. Louis in 1999, he'll say Mass at Yankee Stadium and the Nationals’ new ballpark in Washington.

Washington’s archbishop said the stadium masses would allow “tens of thousands of the faithful be with him, and that will multiply the blessings.” The visit, from April 15 through 20, coincides with both Benedict's 81st birthday and the third anniversary of his election as pope. In his most recent meeting with President Bush, at the Vatican in April, he reiterated the Holy See's opposition to the war.