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Mass celebrants stream in to Nationals Park in Washington to hear the pope on his historic visit. / Newsline photo by Tamra Tomlinson
(Newsline photo by Tamra Tomlinson)

Pope Benedict XVI this month made Washington his first stop in the U.S. since being declared pontiff. The pope drew crowds of gawkers to Washington's streets, Catholic University and to Nationals Park where more than 46,000 people celebrated Mass with him. Benedict's visit was the city's first papal visit since 1979.

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For more information on the papal visit

The Faithful Join the Curious at Pope Benedict's Mass in Washington (with audio), April 18, 2008

O'Malley Joins in on the Mass, April 17, 2008

Thousands Stake Out Spots to Peer at Pope, April 16, 2008

Scalping Tickets to Papal Mass Is a Sin, Church Declares, April 11, 2008

Video: Pope's Visit Draws Gawkers at Catholic U., April 18, 2008 (1 minute, 25 seconds, wmv file). Also posted to YouTube.

Slide show: Papal Mass Choir Practices for the Mass at Nationals Park, April 17, 2008

Blog: Share your thoughts on the pope's visit.

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Special report front published April 30, 2008

Special report produced by Maryland Newsline's Michelle Williams and Tamra Tomlinson, with reporting by Michelle Williams, Tamra Tomlinson and Paula Vasan. Reported from Washington by Capital News Service's Ben Meyerson and Will Skowronski and from Annapolis by Kelly Wilson. Edited by Adrianne Flynn (Washington CNS print stories), Rafael Lorente (Annapolis CNS print story) and Chris Harvey (Web-only stories, video, art and interactives).

Banner graphic by Williams. Photo of Pope Benedict XVI courtesy of Agencia Brasil.

Copyright © 2008 University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism