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Pope Benedict XVI closes his eyes following Communion during Mass at Nationals Park in Washington April 17. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

Pope's U.S. visit expected to yield spiritual returns beyond costs

While critics of the money spent on the papal visit have argued the funds could have gone to better use by feeding the hungry or providing aid to the needy, Brian Reynolds, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., said the investment in the event has inspired the faithful and will ultimately help those in need all over the planet.

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Pope Benedict XVI talks with Julie Malik at the former site of the World Trade Center in New York April 20. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec) Meeting pope at ground zero brings tears to Sept. 11 survivor

Looking into Pope Benedict XVI's eyes as she genuflected in front of him during his visit to the former World Trade Center site, Julie Malik knew the pope understood what she had experienced on a disastrous September morning more than six years ago.

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