Pope Benedict XVI in the United States of America

The Holy Father arrived at Washington D.C.'s Andrews Airbase on 15 April 2008 before meeting then-President George Bush and the First Lady on the south lawn of the White House. This was only the second time in history that a pontiff visited the White House. Other key Washington events included a visit to The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where the pope led a private prayer service and met with the 350 bishops of the United States. He also celebrated Mass at the Nationals Park baseball ground in the city, spoke to heads of more than 200 Catholic colleges and universities on the importance of Catholic education and met with leaders of other religions at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center. In New York, among other things, Pope Benedict addressed the United Nations General Assembly, prayed at Ground Zero, led a prayer service with leaders from other Christian denominations in Manhattan and celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium. He returned to Rome on 20 April 2008.


Pope Benedict XVI's Homily at Nationals Park Washington

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, “Peace be with you!” (Jn 20:19). With these, the first words of the Risen Lord to his disciples, I greet all of you i...Read more

Responses to questions

Pope Benedict responds to questions from the US Bishops

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI responded to questions put forward by the Bishops of the United States at a meeting at the National Shrine of the Immaculate C...Read more


Address to members of the United Nations General Assembly

Mr President, Ladies and Gentlemen, As I begin my address to this Assembly, I would like first of all to express to you, Mr President, my sincere grati...Read more