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08/18/2015 08:05 pm ET Updated Jan 03, 2017

50 Years Of Pope Visits To The United States

Pope John Paul II made seven trips to the U.S. Will Pope Francis' visit be the first of many?
<span>Pope Francis waves to faithfuls gathered in St. Peter's Square following his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of t
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Pope Francis waves to faithfuls gathered in St. Peter's Square following his Sunday Angelus prayer from the window of the pontiff studio on August 16, 2015 at the Vatican. 

Pope Francis will make his first visit to the United States in September, with stops in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. His trip will add to the 50-year history of pope visits to the U.S.

Pope Paul VI made the first papal visit to the U.S. in October 1965. He addressed the United Nations General Assembly, attended the New York World's Fair and celebrated Mass at Yankee Stadium. He also met with President Lyndon Johnson.

In October 1979, Pope John Paul II made his first of seven trips to the U.S. He visited Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Des Moines, and met President Jimmy Carter in Washington. 

In February 1981, John Paul II spent several hours on a stopover in Anchorage, Alaska, after canonizing the first Filipino saint, Lorenzo Ruiz, in Manila. Three years later, he met President Ronald Reagan during another stopover in Alaska, while en route to canonize 103 martyrs in Seoul, South Korea. 

John Paul II's longest U.S. visit was in September 1987, when he made stops in Miami; New Orleans; San Antonio, Texas; Phoenix; Los Angeles; Salinas, California; and Pontiac, Michigan. In 1993, he celebrated Mass at World Youth Day and met with President Bill Clinton in Denver. 

John Paul II visited New York City, New Jersey and Baltimore in 1995, and met again with Clinton. His final visit was in January 1999, when he celebrated Mass with more than 100,000 people at a football dome in St. Louis. 

Pope Benedict XVI visited the U.S. once, in April 2008. He met with President George W. Bush at the White House and visited New York City, where he offered a blessing at the World Trade Center site.

Here's a look back at 50 years of pope visits to the U.S.:

  • President&nbsp;John F. Kennedy meets with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican.
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    President John F. Kennedy meets with Pope Paul VI at the Vatican.
  • Pope Paul VI talks to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson during a visit to New York on October 8th 1965.
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    Pope Paul VI talks to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson during a visit to New York on October 8th 1965.
  • Pope John Paul II gestures to the crowd during his trip to the United States, on Oct. 6, 1979.
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    Pope John Paul II gestures to the crowd during his trip to the United States, on Oct. 6, 1979.
  • Young girl receives communion from Pope John Paul II as they celebrate Mass at Aqeduct Race Track in Jamaica, Queens, on Oct.
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    Young girl receives communion from Pope John Paul II as they celebrate Mass at Aqeduct Race Track in Jamaica, Queens, on Oct. 6, 1995.
  • Pope John Paul II says evening prayers in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, during hi
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    Pope John Paul II says evening prayers in the Chapel of St. Peter and St. Paul at St. Joseph's Seminary in Yonkers, during his 1995 visit to the U.S.
  • Pope John Paul II leaves St. Patrick's Cathedral on Oct. 7, 1995, in New York surrounded by security and police as he heads f
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    Pope John Paul II leaves St. Patrick's Cathedral on Oct. 7, 1995, in New York surrounded by security and police as he heads for an impromptu walk down Fifth Avenue.
  • Pope John Paul II prepares communion during an outdoor Mass in New York's Central Park, Oct., 7, 1995.
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    Pope John Paul II prepares communion during an outdoor Mass in New York's Central Park, Oct., 7, 1995.
  • Pope John Paul II during Mass in Central Park on Oct. 8, 1995.
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    Pope John Paul II during Mass in Central Park on Oct. 8, 1995.
  • Pope John Paul II greets President Bill Clinton during his visit to St. Louis in 1999.
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    Pope John Paul II greets President Bill Clinton during his visit to St. Louis in 1999.
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves to supporters after exiting the popemobile at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S.,
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    Pope Benedict XVI waves to supporters after exiting the popemobile at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York, U.S., on Sunday, April 20, 2008.
  • Pope Benedict XVI gestures as he arrived for a mass at the Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.
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    Pope Benedict XVI gestures as he arrived for a mass at the Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.
  • Pope Benedict XVI waves after the conclusion of Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008.&nbsp;
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    Pope Benedict XVI waves after the conclusion of Mass at Yankee Stadium in New York on April 20, 2008. 
  • Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing with holy water during ceremonies at Ground Zero on his last day in New York on April 20,
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    Pope Benedict XVI gives a blessing with holy water during ceremonies at Ground Zero on his last day in New York on April 20, 2008.
  • Pope Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero on his final day in New York City, April 20, 2008.
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    Pope Benedict XVI visits Ground Zero on his final day in New York City, April 20, 2008.
  • Pope Benedict XVI speaks at JFK International Airport, joined by Vice President Richard and Mrs. Lynne Cheney during his fare
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    Pope Benedict XVI speaks at JFK International Airport, joined by Vice President Richard and Mrs. Lynne Cheney during his farewell ceremony on April 21, 2008.

 

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