The pope is set to land Tuesday for a whirlwind visit to America, his first since assuming the mantle of the Roman Catholic Church. A spokesman has indicated that Benedict XVI will address the church’s sex abuse scandal, a topic around which protests are expected.
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Benedict arrives late Tuesday for a six-day visit to Washington and New York filled with high-profile events. He will meet President Bush at the White House, address leaders in Roman Catholic higher education, speak at the U.N., visit ground zero and hold two stadium Masses before leaving Sunday night.
It will be the first papal visit by Benedict since he was elected in 2005. However, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger—who will celebrate a birthday and the anniversary of his election to the papacy while in the U.S.—traveled to America five times during his many years as the Vatican’s doctrinal watchdog.