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2:45pm 4-16-08 Pope Honored at White House Ceremony - La. Senator Mary Landrieu Attends
Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 7:24pm

WASHINGTON, DC From  CNN  (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town)  BREAKING:  THE WHITE HOUSE 10:15am 4-16-08   It was an arrival ceremony fit for a Pope. That's exactly what President George Bush did today for Pope Benedict XVI, who celebrated his 81st birthday this Wednesday.  To top that off, the Pontiff received a 21-gun salute, and heard the singing of "The Lord's Prayer" on the South Lawn of the White House.

Louisiana Senior Senator Mary Landrieu was part of the 13,500 spectators joining  Bush, his family, and other members of Congress in the official White House arrival ceremony for his Holiness. 

“Louisiana has a strong Catholic heritage, making the first visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the United States particularly inspiring to our community,” Sen. Landrieu said.

“He is forging important connections with the leadership of the American church as well as with U.S. political leadership, and the visit is a strong signal of his commitment to deepening this link." Landrieu continued,  "I look forward to the opportunity to see his Holiness here in our nation’s Capitol." 

In remarks greeting the pope, Bush called the United States "a nation of prayer," according to CNN.  The President
 was interrupted by applause as he said, "In a world where some treat life as something to be debased and discarded, we need your message that all human life is sacred and that each of us is willed."

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit this week to Washington, D.C., and New York City marks the first time the pontiff has visited the United States since becoming pope in 2005.


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