The Papal Visit

Coverage of Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, April 15-20, 2008.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses the people as he delivers his Easter 'Urbi et Orbi' (To the City and to the World) benediction in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 23, 2008. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN)
'The first time I saw a pope...'

'The first time I saw a pope...'

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley recalls his first encounter with the Holy Father.
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Parish closings

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On the trail with Benedict

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In book for pope, a list, a legacy

In book for pope, a list, a legacy (John Souza Photography)
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
Flock praises pope as visit ends (Reuters)

Flock praises pope as visit ends

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)

At ground zero, a prayer for peace

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
Benedict recalls youth at rally (AP)

Benedict recalls youth at rally

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)

In 'the spirit of the pilgrim'

Thousands of Catholics from Massachusetts traveled to New York to take Mass with Pope Benedict XVI. (By Tania deLuzuriaga, Globe Staff)
Preparing for a pilgrimage

Preparing for a pilgrimage

Young local Catholics talked about heading to New York to see the pope speak.
Pope addresses United Nations
Friday, April 18

Pope addresses United Nations

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
Pope celebrates first public Mass of US trip at Washington stadium (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Benedict meets with abuse victims

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 celebrates first public Mass of US trip

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
Bush welcomes Benedict (Tim Sloan/AFP/Getty Images)

Bush welcomes Benedict

Pope Benedict XVI visited the White House on his birthday Wednesday accompanied by President Bush and 9,000 cheering fans who sang "Happy Birthday."

Benedict offers guidance to bishops

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
A hearty welcome, a contrite tone (AP)

A hearty welcome, a contrite tone

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)
Additional Coverage
Making sure the Pope gets a smooth ride

Making sure the Pope
gets a smooth ride

US chief of protocol Nancy Brinker has the daunting challenge of handling the logistics of the pope's visit.
OP-ED | Kevin Cullen

Quietly doing God's work

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.