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Pope concludes U.S. visit with Mass

New York Cardinal Edward Egan, left, watches as Pope Benedict XVI prays at ground zero in New York on Sunday while master of ceremonies Monsignor Guido Marini assists the pope and assistant master of ceremonies, Msgr. William Millea, right, watches. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens , Pool) (Pool Photo by Kathy Willens)
Thousands gather at Yankee Stadium for Mass led by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday. A group claps during the pre-show for the pope ‘s visit. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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Pope Benedict XVI arrives to celebrate Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York. More than 56,000 faithful from all over the country filled the bleachers. (Mike Segar / Pool Photo)
“True freedom blossoms when we turn away from the burden of sin, which clouds our perceptions and weakens our resolve,” Pope Benedict XVI said in his homily. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Pope Benedict XVI holds a Bible up to the crowd during Mass at Yankee Stadium. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)
The pope “had this big smile on his face on the big screen. He was connecting. It felt as though he was waving at me,” said one spectator at Yankee Stadium. (Frank Franklin II / Pool Photo)
Pope Benedict XVI says Mass before thousands at Yankee Stadium. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he leaves Yankee Stadium after the Mass. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP / Getty Images)
Pope Benedict XVI leaves the stage following Mass. The pontiff offered his message of renewal to a crowd of nearly 57,000 in Yankee Stadium. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
Pope Benedict XVI leaves Yankee Stadium after Mass. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)