After visiting a Jewish synagogue on Friday for Sabbath services, then speaking to the United Nations on Saturday, the pontiff visited Ground Zero and prayed for the thousands who died on that sacred space Sunday morning.
It was especially touching for the hundreds of families whose loved ones’ remains were never found and where Ground Zero serves as their final resting place.
The pope then headed over to Yankee Stadium in the Bronx to lead a Mass for a crowd exceeding 60,000 people.
Overall, the pope had truly won over America’s hearts. After visiting with President Bush and world leaders, the pontiff took the time to meet with victims of the far-reaching abuse scandal in his church. No church official of his holiness’ nature had even acknowledged the church’s problems. By dealing with the issue head on and using the words “ashamed,” this pope managed to bring the Vatican back into the favor of the U.S. citizenry with out jam-packed visit.