Pre-Visit Papal Interview - 15 April
During the flight to the
United States, the Holy Father spent 20 minutes immediately after
take-off answering the questions of five of the approximately 70
journalists on board.
Welcome at the White House - 16 April
On Wednesday morning, after words of welcome from President Bush, the Holy Father
expressed the hope that his visit would be a source of renewal to the
Church in the United States.
Address to the Bishops of the U.S.
- 16 April 2008
evening, at the
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Holy Father met with
U.S. Bishops, with whom he celebrated Vespers. He commended the American
people for their generosity and faith, but warned of
"subtle influence of secularism." The Pope also responded to several
questions posed by the Bishops and presented a chalice to the Archbishop of
Mass Homily, Nationals Park - 17 April
On Thursday morning, the Holy Father celebrated Mass at Nationals Park in Washington,
D.C. In his homily, the Pope said he had come to America as Peter's
successor, to confirm their faith, that they might bear witness to the
world of the hope that is in them.
Address to Catholic Educators, Catholic University of America - 17 April
afternoon, the Pope met with Catholic educators at the Conference Hall
of Catholic University. In his address, the Holy Father emphasized the
principle goal of Catholic education, to encounter the living God and
grow in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Interreligious Prayer Service, John Paul II Cultural Center - 17 April
Thursday evening, the Pope met with representatives of other
religions at the Rotunda Hall of the John Paul II Cultural Center of
Washington. Regarding America's long commitment to freedom of worship,
the Holy Father encouraged continuing dialogue among religions, that
moral truths they hold in common may benefit the wider culture.
D.C. Jewish Community - 17 April 2008
On Thursday evening, the Holy
Father, meeting with representatives of other religions at the John Paul
II Cultural Center in Washington D.C., addressed the Jewish Community,
extending his greeting on their annual feast of Pesah, or Passover.
Address to the United Nations
General Assembly - 18
On Friday morning, the Holy Father
addressed the United Nations General Assembly, first in French, then in
English. In expressing his support for the founding principles of the
U.N., the Pope reminded the nations there represented that human rights
are grounded in unchanging justice, not in laws enacted by those in
UN Staff and Personnel - 18 April 2008
After addressing the UN General Assembly, the Holy Father expressed his
appreciation for the “invaluable contribution” made by the many
employees of the United Nations.
Visit to Synagogue - 18 April 2008
afternoon, the Holy Father visited Park East Synagogue in New York,
where he greeted the Jewish community.
Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph's
Church - 18 April 2008
evening, the Holy Father attended an Ecumenical Prayer Service at St
Joseph's Parish in New York. Present were representatives of Christian
communities throughout the United States. The Pope expressed his
appreciation for the “invaluable work of all those engaged in ecumenism.”
Mass Homily, St. Patrick's Cathedral - 19 April 2008
On Saturday morning, the Holy Father celebrated a Votive Mass for
the Universal Church with priests, men and women religious in St.
Patrick's Cathedral, New York. In his homily, the Pope described St.
Patrick's, its windows and and architecture, as symbolic of the Church
in relation to the world.
Blessing of Youth with Disabilities
- 19 April 2008
afternoon, at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York, the Holy Father
addressed young people with disabilities. He encouraged them with the
reminder that God's "unconditional love points to a meaning and purpose
for all human life."
Meeting with Seminarians and Youth - 19 April 2008
afternoon, the Holy Father met with seminarians and young people at St.
Joseph’s Seminary. He spoke of the need for personal prayer, silent
contemplation, and participation in the liturgy, to be prepared to serve
Visit to Ground Zero in New York - 20 April
The prayer offered by the Holy Father at Ground
Zero, site of the terrorist attack in New York City, 11
Holy Mass at Yankee Stadium - 20 April 2008
In His homily the Holy Father recalls the bicentennials of
the Sees of Baltimore, New York, Boston, Philadelphia and Louisville, and the
freedom that comes through the liberating truth of the Gospel.
Departure Ceremony - 20 April 2008
Before departing the United States for Rome the Holy Father
addressed those assembled at JFK International Airport in New York.