Saturday, September 01, 2007

Pope Benedict visits Loreto


Faithful walk towards the field where Pope Benedict XVI is scheduled to meet youth during his pilgrimage to Loreto, Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. In the background is seen Loreto' s Basilica which contains the Holy House, a simple stone cottage that the faithful believe was the house in Nazareth where the Virgin Mary was raised and received the annunciation. Legend has it that angels transported it from the Holy Land to the Loreto area, in central Italy near the Adriatic coast, in 1294. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)


Monks take part in a meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and youths in Loreto, central Italy, September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Daniele La Monaca (ITALY)


Two nuns eat ice cream on a field where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to meet youth during his pilgrimage to Loreto, central Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. The pontiff is taking a new step in the Vatican's environmental campaign, leading a Catholic youth festival this weekend where participants will use recycled prayer books, biodegradable plates and recycling bags for their trash. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)


Youths look on under a flag in the field where Pope Benedict XVI is expected to meet youth during his pilgrimage to Loreto, central Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. (AP Photo/Sandro Perozzi)


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Pope Benedict XVI waves to the faithful as he arrives to lead a meeting with youths in Loreto, central Italy, September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY)


Pope Benedict XVI greets an estimated 300,000 young pilgrims gathered on a field in Loreto, central Italy, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007. The pontiff decried the collapse of marriages Saturday, telling tens of thousands of young Catholics that he was praying that today's crisis in traditional family values doesn't become an 'irreversible failure.' (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito)


Pope Benedict XVI prays during a meeting with youths in Loreto, central Italy, September 1, 2007. REUTERS/Tony Gentile (ITALY)

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