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Pope Benedict XVI at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo, southeast of Rome.
Pope Benedict XVI touches down on American soil Tuesday. Rocco Palmo, author of the blog "Whispers in the Loggia," previews the pontiff's first papal trip to the United States.
Pope Benedict will arrive at Andrews Air Force Base Tuesday night and be met by President Bush on the tarmac. From there, it's on to Washington for only the second visit by a pope to the U.S. capital. The pope departs for New York on Friday, where he will speak at the United Nations. He is also making a historic visit to a Jewish synagogue, and celebrating Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday and at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx on Sunday.
The pontiff will also celebrate his 81st birthday on Wednesday.
"Super Bowl, Olympics, presidential election ... it's basically everything rolled into one," Palmo says. "This is probably the only time we're going to see him here in the States as pope."