Papal Visit
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Archived News

Interview of President George W. Bush by Raymond Arroyo, EWTNews Director,
in advance of the Apostolic Visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States of America

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 Papal Visit Results in Big Jump in Positive View of Benedict and Church

One third now more likely to vote and be more active in community and Church.

Apr 30, 2008 (  A poll taken immediately following the conclusion of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the United States shows that it had a powerful impact on public attitudes toward the pope, the Church, and a willingness to live their faith more fully.

The nationwide poll of 1,013 adults was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and conducted by the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion between April 22 and April 24, 2008. Marist conducted a similar poll prior to the pope’s visit, allowing before-and-after comparisons.

Among the highlights of the poll results:

  • 65 percent of Americans have a more positive view of Pope Benedict as a result of what they saw and heard during his visit
  • 52 percent have a more positive view of the Catholic Church
  • The proportion of Americans with a favorable view of Pope Benedict jumped from 58 percent prior to his visit to 71 percent afterward
  • The proportion describing the pope positively as a spiritual leader went from 53 percent to 62 percent
  • The proportion describing him as a good or excellent world leader went from 41 percent to 51 percent
  • 56 percent see his ability to promote good relations between the Catholic Church and other religions as good or excellent, up from 40 percent prior to his visit
  • More than a third (35 percent) say they are now more in touch with their own spiritual values as the result of the pope’s visit.

Even more importantly, nearly half (49 percent) now have a better understanding of the Catholic Church’s positions on important issues, and a significant proportion of Americans are prepared to change their personal involvement as a result:

  • About four in ten say they are more likely to lead a moral life and make family a bigger part of their lives
  • One in three are more likely to participate in elections, community activities and their churches as a result of the papal visit.
    Supreme Knight Carl Anderson said that the poll results “show clearly that Pope Benedict has presented the Catholics of the United States with a tremendous opportunity. Americans are a religious people, and they responded very positively to the message of faith, hope and love that the Holy Father delivered throughout his visit. It is now up to all of us in the Catholic community to walk through the door he has opened for us, and work together to build a civilization of love.”

Pope Benedict XVI pays solemn visit to Ground Zero

.- When Pope Benedict XVI was asked what he wanted to do when he came to the United States, he told his staff he wanted to make sure he visited Ground Zero. This morning the Holy Father just did this that.

Sixteen family members, 4 first responders and 4 survivors were present as the Pope descended the ramp down into the pit where the Twin Towers once stood, knelt and silently prayed.

After lighting a candle, the Holy Father offered a prayer for the victims, their families and those who survived all three attacks on 9/11.

He prayed:

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here-
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.”

“We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.”

The Pope also prayed for peace in “our violent world; peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among the nations of the earth.”

He then prayed for conversion of all “those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.” 

After concluding his prayer, Pope Benedict blessed Ground Zero and the people present with holy water.

The 24 people invited to the ceremony then met individually with the Pope.

Joint Statement of Holy See and White House

On Wednesday 16 April 2008, following a private meeting of Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush, the following Joint Statement was issued:

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI and President George W. Bush met today in the Oval Office of the White House.

President Bush, on behalf of all Americans, welcomed the Holy Father, wished him a happy birthday, and thanked him for the spiritual and moral guidance, which he offers to the whole human family. The President wished the Pope every success in his Apostolic Journey and in his address at the United Nations, and expressed appreciation for the Pope’s upcoming visit to “Ground Zero” in New York.

During their meeting, the Holy Father and the President discussed a number of topics of common interest to the Holy See and the United States of America, including moral and religious considerations to which both parties are committed: the respect of the dignity of the human person; the defense and promotion of life, matrimony and the family; the education of future generations; human rights and religious freedom; sustainable development and the struggle against poverty and pandemics, especially in Africa. In regard to the latter, the Holy Father welcomed the United States’ substantial financial contributions in this area. The two reaffirmed their total rejection of terrorism as well as the manipulation of religion to justify immoral and violent acts against innocents. They further touched on the need to confront terrorism with appropriate means that respect the human person and his or her rights.

The Holy Father and the President devoted considerable time in their discussions to the Middle East, in particular resolving the Israel-Palestinian conflict in line with the vision of two states living side-by-side in peace and security, their mutual support for the sovereignty and independence of Lebanon, and their common concern for the situation in Iraq and particularly the precarious state of Christian communities there and elsewhere in the region. The Holy Father and the President expressed hope for an end to violence and for a prompt and comprehensive solution to the crises which afflict the region.

The Holy Father and the President also considered the situation in Latin America with reference, among other matters, to immigrants, and the need for a coordinated policy regarding immigration, especially their humane treatment and the well being of their families.

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