Pope Benedict to Visit U.S.

Pope Benedict will make his first visit to the United States as pontiff next April. He plans to visit the White House and ground zero, and to speak at the United Nations.

Details of the visit were announced by the Vatican's U.S. ambassador on the first day of this week's meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. Benedict will travel to Washington and New York from April 15th-20th, speak at the U.N. on April 18th and visit ground zero on the final day of his trip.

Outdoor Masses are planned in Yankee Stadium and in the Washington Nationals' new stadium.

The visit will coincide with Benedict's 81st birthday and the third anniversary of his election as pope.