Popes in America: 50 Years of Papal Visits to the U.S.

Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

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Pope John Paul II motions toward photographers after viewing the fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge, Sept. 17, 1987, San Francisco, Calif. The widely traveled pontiff made trips to both North and South America in 1987. (AP Photo/Dave Tenenbaum)
Oct. 4, 1965: Pope Paul VI spends 14 hours in New York. He addresses the United Nations General Assembly, attends the New York World's Fair and celebrates Mass at Yankee Stadium. He also meets President Lyndon Johnson, shown.
Oct. 1-7, 1979: Pope John Paul II makes his first of seven trips to the U.S. He arrives in Boston (shown), celebrates Masses at New York's Yankee and Shea stadiums, on Philadelphia's Ben Franklin Parkway and in Chicago's Grant Park. He also visits Des Moines, Iowa, and meets President Jimmy Carter in Washington, D.C.
May 2, 1984: John Paul II meets President Ronald Reagan during a stopover in Fairbanks, Alaska, while en route to canonize 103 martyrs in Seoul, South Korea.
Sept. 10-19, 1987: John Paul II's longest U.S. visit includes Masses in Miami, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles; Salinas, California; and Pontiac, Michigan. He also meets again with Reagan. Here, he is shown motioning toward photographers after viewing the fog-shrouded Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
Aug. 12-15, 1993: John Paul II condemns threats to society, including pornography, drug abuse and violence, during a mass with 350,000 people at World Youth Day in Denver. He meets with President Bill Clinton, shown.
Oct. 4-8, 1995: John Paul II visits New York City and New Jersey and celebrates Masses in front of standing-room crowds at a football stadium, a horse track, a pair of cathedrals and Central Park. He also celebrates mass at Baltimore's Oriole Park at Camden Yards, shown here, and meets again with Clinton.
Jan. 26-27, 1999: John Paul II celebrates Mass with more than 100,000 people at a football dome in St. Louis; here, he is shown praying in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Cathedral Basilica prior to the evening prayer service. He again meets with Clinton.
April 15-20, 2008: Pope Benedict XVI meets with President George W. Bush at the White House, celebrates mass at Washington's Nationals Park and in New York at St. Patrick's Cathedral and Yankee Stadium. He also offers a blessing at the World Trade Center site, where he is here shown greeting family members of victims of the 9/11 attacks.
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