Pope in New York City … Blesses Ground Zero … Pope Benedict XVI Takes Manhattan and then Yankee Stadium


Pope Benedict XVI first took Manhattan as he blessed the ground at Ground Zero and provided hope and comfort to family members of those that lost loved ones on 9/11. Then he hit a grand slam out of the park as Pope Benedict XVI inspired all in the House that Ruth built as Yankee Stadium was transformed into a beacon of hope.


 FNC: April 20: Pope Benedict XVI attends a memorial service at Ground Zero in New York.

Pope Benedict XVI blessed Ground Zero and brought a message of peace and hope to a sight more known for its violence and pain from that fateful morning on September 11, 2001. Read the full transcript HERE. One did not have to be a catholic to be moved and inspired by Pope Benedict XVI’s words. One only needed to be a Christian, Jew or Muslim searching for God of any religion in a peaceful manner to brought to profound joy and peace by the words on Pope Benedict XVI. Do not ever forget where true hope is derived from.

Addressing a group that including survivors, clergy and public officials, he acknowledged the many faiths of the victims at the “scene of incredible violence and pain.”

The pope also prayed for “those who suffered death, injury and loss” in the attacks at the Pentagon and in the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. More than 2,900 people were killed in the four crashes of the airliners hijacked by al-Qaida.

“God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world,” the pope prayed on a chilly, overcast morning. “Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.”

Benedict invited 24 people with ties to ground zero to join him: survivors, relatives of victims and four rescue workers. He greeted each member of the group individually as a string quartet played in the background. In his prayer, he also remembered those who, “because of their presence here that day, suffer from injuries and illness.” (AP News)

Cheers and pageantry for papal mass at Yankee Stadium

Benedict praised the United States as a land of religious liberty, and urged US Catholics to overcome differences and build on the foundation of the church left by their forebears, many of them “immigrants whose traditions have so enriched the Church in America.”

“Today’s celebration is … a summons to move forward with firm resolve to use wisely the blessings of freedom, in order to build a future of hope for coming generations.”


Chang W. Lee/The New York Times

Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd as he departs in the popemobile after celebrating a Mass at Yankee Stadium.

Pope’s Homily at Yankee Stadium (read the entire Homily here)

Our celebration today is also a sign of the impressive growth which God has given to the Church in your country in the past two hundred years. From a small flock like that described in the first reading, the Church in America has been built up in fidelity to the twin commandment of love of God and love of neighbor. In this land of freedom and opportunity, the Church has united a widely diverse flock in the profession of the faith and, through her many educational, charitable and social works, has also contributed significantly to the growth of American society as a whole.

Pope departs after historic New York visit

Posted April 20, 2008 by
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    14 Responses to “Pope in New York City … Blesses Ground Zero … Pope Benedict XVI Takes Manhattan and then Yankee Stadium”

    1. riannon on April 20th, 2008 9:22 pm

      A man who helped cover the ongoing sexual abuse of untold young boys over decades by protecting the priests who did it, you celebrate. What hypocrisy! The man belongs in jail, as did the previous pope, and all those responsible for the church’s pedophilia crimes. If this guy was in the music industry or any other walk of life, he’d be publicly vilified and crucified. Ooops. Pun unintended.

      The man isn’t worth the dirt he walks on.

    2. Scared Monkeys on April 20th, 2008 9:40 pm


      Spoken like a true religion hater. I guess that’s my this Pope is actually doing something about the scandals.

      Pope says he is ‘deeply ashamed’ of clergy abuse scandal

      In his most extensive comments about the crisis to date, the pope said that he was “deeply ashamed” and that the scandal had caused “great suffering” for the church and for “me personally.” Speaking to reporters aboard his flight from Italy, Benedict also pledged greater efforts by the church to bar pedophiles from the priesthood.

      That being said, just how much hate must you walk around with every day of your life? How sad that this is what you take out of this message. How pathetic. But I guess you must think that the government offers you hope and people like Obama.

    3. bob on April 21st, 2008 12:10 am

      Scared Monkeys, You say “Do not ever forget where true hope is derived from.” I won’t forget that true hope only comes from faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. Unfortunately for their one billion members, there is no hope to be found in that abomination called Roman Catholicism. The pope is a wicked man who is leading all his blind followers straight to Hell!

    4. Miss-Underestimated on April 21st, 2008 7:26 am

      “The pope is a wicked man who is leading all his blind followers straight to Hell!”

      Me going to hell? Me blind?

      “Unfortunately for their one billion members,”

      I guess I will be in good company, not to mention over one billion of them.

      What I say to you? May God be with you.

    5. Susan on April 21st, 2008 10:45 am

      God Bless us all :-)

    6. bob on April 21st, 2008 5:18 pm

      #4, Read your KJV Bible before it’s too late. You’ll see that the RCC leaders have been lying to you about things like their works gospel, Mary worship, indulgences, purgatory, eucharist, etc. The RCC believes in a false Christ. They even now say the Mary is the co-redeemer.

    7. Miss-Underestimated on April 22nd, 2008 6:30 am

      I think you need to find out more about the Catholic’s before you start throwing out your life preserver for me.

      I can have my belief without the need for you to save me. My Christ is not false to me.

    8. bob on April 22nd, 2008 7:37 pm

      MU, What more do I need to know? Haven’t I said enough? You can believe anything you want. And I believe your Christ isn’t false to you. But it doesn’t matter what you or I think. It only matters what God thinks. The Catholic “Christ” can’t give righteousness, that’s why the Catholics must do works to obtain it, and the Catholic “Christ” can’t forgive sins, that’s why Catholics must be cleansed by numerous rituals including purgatory. Read the KJV Bible.

    9. Miss-Underestimated on April 22nd, 2008 8:26 pm

      Bob, I guess I’ll see you on judgement day.
      Purgatory has not be preached for years. Like I said you need to read up. I LOVE MY GOD.

    10. Miss-Underestimated on April 23rd, 2008 4:44 am

      BTW Bob, I get a religious group that comes to the doors at our town, telling me that I am going to hell then asking for two dollars for the little paper they hand out. I have told them many times, that near my town is a town that is so poor that I bet the towns people would love if someone came to their door to pray with them, the door knocker told me, well they (poor towns people)don’t have $2.00. I guess that is what the door knockers God is all about huh?

    11. bob on April 23rd, 2008 9:25 am

      M-U, There are many false Christians out there. That’s why we need to measure ourselves against God’s word rather than against others.

    12. riannon on April 23rd, 2008 9:45 pm

      Dear Scared Monkeys #2

      This pope is only saying he is ashamed now because he has to, as the Chruch’s decades-long cover up finally erupted. If it hadn’t, do you REALLY think he’d be talking about it and apologizing? Breathing a word of it? He didn’t BEFORE! Not until lawsuits forced the church to REACT.

      This idiot was the one in charge of covering up sexual abuse at the highest levels before the last pope died… the last pope passed the task to THIS guy. He’s filth. May they all rot in hell for putting the church ahead of children and what is Right, with a capital “R.” Religion (of any kind) has nothing to do with “God” or spirituality. The RC church especially is a political organization that makes money off innocent followers, no different than any other cult or religion. If you can’t think for yourself, you can’t think period.

    13. Miss-Underestimated on April 24th, 2008 10:58 am

      Tell me what religion is without scandal?

    14. riannon on April 29th, 2008 7:20 pm

      Tell me what religion has been outed for something equal to or worse than hiding the sexual abuse of boys and girls for decades on end? There was the burning of “witches” in the 1700-1800′s, but oh gosh… those were Catholics too, weren’t they? How about being burned at the stake for disagreeing with the Church? Catholic again. But let’s not be greedy. There is plenty of crime to go around when you talk about religion… how about the sexual mutilation of girls in South Africa, or the brainwashing of men, women and children in the ME to become suicide bombers to kill “infidels” — anyone that isn’t of their faith. Very similar to what the RC did back in the day, but without suicide — just out and out murder.

      Yeah, religion is a real barrel of laughs.

      God did not write the bible and Jesus did not edit it. Allah did not write the Koran, and *od did not write the Torah. These are all manmade books to scare people into control for socio-political reasons. All “holy” men of any faith have taught one very basic lesson that does NOT require a religion: love. Period. Love and treat others as you yourself would want to be treated. If Jesus were alive today he would be the first to denounce the pope, the church and religion, and *especially* the “religious right.”

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