Past Popes Visit America

Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the U.S. comes after Paul VI and John Paul II.

Papal Visits To The United States

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Pope John Paul II addresses the 50th session of the U.N. General Assembly, Oct. 5, 1995. Behind him: from left, U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali; UNGA President Diogo Freitas do Amaral; and U.N. Under Secretary Alvaro de Soto.

The pope criticized genocide in Bosnia and Rawanda and encouraged the United Nations to work against extreme nationalism and religious fundamentalism.

Click here to read a transcript of his speech to the General Assembly. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)

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