The Papal Visit
Coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, April 15-20, 2008.
Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley recalls his first encounter with the Holy Father.
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The book of names of the abused the Archdiocese of Boston gave to Pope Benedict XVI was an unusual effort to humanize a crisis of unimaginable scale, in this case for a pontiff who had once minimized the scope of abuse within the church. (By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe)
Sunday, April 20
On his final day in the United States, Pope Benedict XVI prayed at ground zero in New York and held Mass at a packed Yankee Stadium. (By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff)
Visiting the World Trade Center site in New York, Pope Benedict XVI asked God to "bring peace to our violent world" and clasped the hands of survivors and relatives of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001. (By Michael Levenson, Globe Staff)
Saturday, April 19
At a rally for young Catholics in Yonkers, N.Y., Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI told stories of his childhood struggles in Nazi Germany to illustrate that he understands the challenges young people face. (By Michael Paulson and Michael Levenson, Boston Globe)
Thousands of Catholics from Massachusetts traveled to New York to take Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. (By Tania deLuzuriaga, Globe Staff)
Young local Catholics talked about heading to New York to see the pope speak.
Friday, April 18
Pope Benedict XVI delivered an address to the UN General Assembly on the importance of human rights, speaking in six different languages during speech. (AP)
Thursday, April 17
Five Boston victims of the clergy sex abuse scandal met in private with the pope, holding his hands and telling him their stories of wounded bodies and broken faith. (By Michael Paulson, Globe Staff)
Pope Benedict XVI praised America as a land of opportunity and hope Thursday, but he lamented that the nation's promise fell short for blacks and Indians.
Wednesday, April 16
Pope Benedict XVI visited the White House on his birthday Wednesday accompanied by President Bush and 9,000 cheering fans who sang "Happy Birthday."
Pope Benedict XVI, turned immediately to substantive matters on his first full day in the United States, Wednesday offered a broad assessment of challenges facing the church that touched on the abuse scandal. (4/16/08)
Tuesday, April 15
Pope Benedict XVI made his most direct statement yet on the church abuse crisis before the plane even set down Tuesday, saying he was "deeply ashamed" by the scandal. (By Michael Paulson, Boston Globe)
US chief of protocol Nancy Brinker has the daunting challenge of handling the logistics of the pope's visit.
OP-ED | Kevin Cullen
Lost in the wall-to-wall coverage of the pope's visit is the simple fact that every single day, there are priests and nuns and lay people who work with the most vulnerable among us.