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In pictures: Pope's US tour

Pope Benedict and George W Bush

Pope Benedict XVI was the third head of the Roman Catholic Church to visit the United States.

Plastic popes

Crowds were waiting to see him, flags were flying and souvenir shops had turned out an array of mementos.

Popemobile outside White House 16 April 2008

After the Pope celebrated Mass in Washington, President George Bush is said to have whispered to him: "Awesome speech".

Vespers at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 16 April

The visit was an opportunity for the Pope to directly address Church leaders about the child sex scandals which have rocked the institution.

Nationals Stadium, Washington, 17 April

But Pope fervour continued unabated throughout the six-day tour - with huge demand for tickets to open-air Masses.

Pope in televised speech at UN 18 April

Addressing the United Nations on Thursday, the Pope called for member states to work together to solve the world's crises.

Pope at New York's Park East synagogue, 17 April

Pope Benedict also became the first Roman Catholic leader to visit a synagogue in the US.

Pope at St Patrick's Cathedral, New York, 19 April

He celebrated three years as head of the Church at a Mass at New York's 150-year-old St Patrick's Cathedral.

Crowds at Yonkers 19 April

A Young Catholics Youth Rally at St Joseph's Seminary in New York was more like a pop concert.

Crowds at Yonkers 19 April

And the equally enthusiastic crowd at New York's Yankee stadium started a Mexican wave as the Pope arrived to celebrate Mass.

The Popemobile heads towards the Ground Zero site, 20 April 2008

The Pope travelled to the site of the 11 September 2001 attacks in New York.

The Pope prays at the Ground Zero site, 20 April 2008

He knelt at an altar at the site, which is to become a memorial, and prayed for the memory of the more than 2,900 people who died in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania that day.

Poe's red shoes

There's no place like Rome: After his visit to Ground Zero and a final Mass, the Pope, and his red shoes, will head back to the Vatican.

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