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Pope Benedict XVI during his visit Sunday to ground zero, the site of the collapse of the World Trade Center in New York. The pope met with survivors and relatives of victims of the World Trade Center attacks as well as first responders at the site of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Benedict is on the last day of his visit to New York. (Pool Photo by Todd Heisler)
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The pontiff blesses an altar during Mass at Yankee Stadium. In his homily, he called on his followers to become “living stones in that spiritual temple” that is the Catholic Church. (Chris McGrath / Getty Images)
Pope White House President Bush Laura Bush
President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush flank Pope Benedict XVI as he waves to the crowd from the balcony of the White House today. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Pope White House President Bush Laura Bush
Pope Benedict XVI watches the trooping of the colors during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House today. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)
Pope White House President Bush Laura Bush
The president and Laura Bush with Benedict XVI during the pope’s arrival at the South Lawn of the White House. The pope was greeted with a 21-gun salute and a host of dignitaries. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
Pope White House President Bush Laura Bush
Bush and Benedict walk to the Oval Office for a private meeting after the welcoming ceremony today. (Ron Edmonds / Associated Press)
Pope Benedict XVI in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, Bush will be host of an official welcoming ceremony for the pope, which is expected to draw as many as 9,000 guests to the White House’s South Lawn. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)
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