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Here’s the official website of Pope Benedict’s current visit to the United States, with transcripts of speeches and prayers, and, videos for repeat viewing of events in which he participated: CHRIST OUR HOPE.

Here is a transcript of Pope Benedict’s prayer at Ground Zero earlier today.

It is so easy — a real act of temptation — to assume that the beauty of Pope Benedict’s prayer earlier today is captured by and only by — and contained in and only in — idealism, like a rarified vapor that dissipates in the open atmosphere, but, God is the greater, entirety of reality and the prayer is the truth of that.

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