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The Pope concluded his visit to the U.S.

April 21 2008

On Sunday night, Pope Benedict XVI concluded his six-day visit to the United States. Now the plane with the head of the Roman Catholic Church on board flying from New York to Rome.

The Pontiff began his visit to the U.S. on April 15. At the airport the U.S. military base near Washington, Benedict XVI greeted the U.S. president personally. Later, George Bush and his wife gave a White House reception in honor of 81-th birthday of Benedict XVI.

During the visit, the pope held two Masses in stadiums in Washington and New York. In the first case to hear the preaching of Pope Benedict XVI came to 45 thousand people, while the second - 57 000.

The Pope also visited the UN headquarters in New York, where he made a special appeal, prayed at the site destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001, "the twin towers of the World Trade Center, and became the first head of the Roman Catholic Church to visit a synagogue in USA.

At the airport, John F. Kennedy pontiff personally escorted by U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, according to AFR.

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