Apostolic Journeys

Pope Benedict XVI's overseas visits

Pope Benedict XVI has visited 15 countries since he was elected Pope in April 2005. His first overseas trip, or Apostolic Journey as the Vatican describes the Holy Father's travels, was to his homeland Germany to Cologne. Here the Pope was greeted by almost one million young pilgrims who'd travelled from around the globe to take part in World Youth Day - a three-yearly gathering started by the much-loved Pope John Paul II to affirm the next generation of Catholics. In the past five years, the Holy Father has prayed at Ground Zero in New York - scene of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001, journeyed to Africa to visit Angola and Cameroon, visited the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and, in the Holy Land, gave a speech at Yad Vashem - Jerusalem's Holocaust memorial. Pope Benedict has also canonised an 18th century Franciscan monk in Brasil and visited Poland - John Paul II's homeland. Pick locations from the menu on the left to access a selection of homilies and multimedia on each visit. More Apostolic Journeys will be added here in the coming months.

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France

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Pope Benedict XVI travelled to France for an Apostolic visit that began in Paris on 12 September 2008. Click to visit

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USA

USA

The Holy Father arrived at Washington D.C.'s Andrews Airbase on 15 April 2008. Click to visit

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Australia

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Pope Benedict visited Australia for the 23rd World Youth Day in July 2008. Click to visit