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10th Anniversary of JPII’s visit to St. Louis

I’m a little bit late, but January 26 was the 10th anniversary of Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis. It was a beautiful sunny day as we watched the pope mobile go by on Lindell Avenue. We even made a cool Papal banner from a souvenir bandana with the official St. Louis Papal Visit logo on it. That banner still hangs in our schoolroom. It was a very exciting day and even 10 years later still very memorable.

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Papal Visit Day 6

Prayer of Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero

At the site of the terrorist attack in New York City, 11 September 2001

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.

Homily, Mass at Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York

Address at JFK Departure Ceremony

Farewell Holy Father

Papal Visit Day 5

Homily, Mass for Clergy and Religious, St. Patrick’s Cathedral
Address to Youth with Disabilities, St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York
Address to Seminarians and Young People, St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York

Papal Visit Day 4 

Address to the United Nations General Assembly

Address to New York Jewish Community, Park East Synagogue

Ecumenical Meeting at St. Joseph’s Church, New York

Papal Visit Day 3

From Catholic Educators Resource Center:
The Pope’s Childhood: In His Own Words by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger from Salt of the Earth: The Church at the End of the Millennium (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997).

Homily of Pope Benedict XVI, Holy Mass at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.

Address to Catholic Educators, Catholic University of America

Greeting of the Jewish Community in Washington, D.C. and Message for Pesah

Papal Visit Day 2

Pope: U.S. should uphold traditional role of religion in public life
Remarks of Pope Benedict XVI at the White House Welcoming Ceremony
Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI — Thanks, Easter!

God Bless America!

Following the Holy Father’s Address to the U.S. Bishops was a Presentation of a Chalice to the Archbishop of New Orleans
Before leaving, I would like to pause to acknowledge the immense suffering endured by the people of God in the Archdiocese of New Orleans as a result of Hurricane Katrina, as well as their courage in the challenging work of rebuilding. I would like to present Archbishop Alfred Hughes with a chalice, which I hope will be accepted as a sign of my prayerful solidarity with the faithful of the Archdiocese, and my personal gratitude for the tireless devotion which he and Archbishops Philip Hannan and Francis Schulte showed toward the flock entrusted to their care.
— Pope Benedict XVI

Papal Visit Day 1

Commemorative Items
ETWN Live Coverage & more
Holy Father’s Message to U.S.
Papal Visit Blog
Tribute to Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict greeted by Bush as he begins first U.S. visit

Papal Visit Blog


WASHINGTON, DC — April 15, 16, 17 ……. NEW YORK CITY — April 18,19, 20
The new USCCB’s Papal Visit Blog will include background pieces, tidbits on planning, observations on the significance of the Pope Benedict XVI’s trip, and more.