In the News: Pope Visits America

Pope Benedict XVI arrived this past week in Washington, D.C., on the first leg of a week-long trip to the United States, the first trip to the nation’s capital by a pope since 1979. During a meeting with President Bush and in a speech to American Catholic bishops, he confronted some of the most contentious issues surrounding the Roman Catholic Church. He called on the church in the United States to strengthen marriage, fight religious skepticism and heal its followers after widespread sexual-abuse scandals involving priests, which he labeled a “deep shame” and “gravely immoral behavior.” He performed a Mass at Washington’s new baseball stadium and went on to New York – where he was scheduled to hold a similar Mass at Yankee Stadium – before returning to the Vatican.

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