Pope Pays Solemn Visit to New York's Ground Zero Pope Benedict XVI wraps up his first trip to the United States with a visit to Ground Zero in New York City. Correspondent Mike Pesca talks with Liane Hansen about the mood as the pope prayed at the site of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
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Pope Pays Solemn Visit to New York's Ground Zero

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Pope Pays Solemn Visit to New York's Ground Zero

Pope Pays Solemn Visit to New York's Ground Zero

Pope Pays Solemn Visit to New York's Ground Zero

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Pope Benedict XVI wrapped his visit to the United States on Sunday with a solemn prayer ceremony at New York's Ground Zero, site of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

A lone cellist played as the pontiff prayed and blessed the site, and offered words of solace to two dozen survivors and relatives of the more than 2,700 people who died in there. Benedict also spoke of the attacks on the Pentagon and on the United flight that crashed in Shanksville, Pa.