Thursday, September 24, 2015

Pope Paul VI Visited New York City in 1965 – 25 Historical Color Photos from the First Papal Visit to the United States

In 1965, Pope Paul VI planned a trip to New York in order to address the then-relatively-new United Nations and urge peace, especially as conflict between India and Pakistan was heating up. He became the first Pope to visit the States, greeting American Catholics in New York City on Oct. 4, 1965.


Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, October 1965. (Art Rickerby—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI arrives in New York, October 1965. (Art Rickerby—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

On Fifth Avenue. Sitting in a raised seat in a bubbletop limousine, the Pope arrives at St. Patrick's, largest cathedral in the U.S. (Michael Rougier—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

An estimated four million people saw the Pope in New York. (Michael Rougier—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Crowds outside St. Patrick's Cathedral waiting for Pope Paul VI. (Bill Eppridge—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Escorted by Cardinal Spellman of New York, he walks around the church, blessing the huge crowds. (Francis Miller—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI enters St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. (Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Reverberating applause in the cathedral. (Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. (Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. (Yale Joel—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

With the President. For 46 amiable minutes Pope Paul and President Johnson chatted in a small, plush sitting room on the 35th floor of the Waldorf Towers, through interpreters. (Stan Wayman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Amiable exchange on views - on many subjects - with the President. (Stan Wayman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI leaving the Waldorf Towers with President Johnson. (Stan Wayman—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

He was met by statesmen from 116 nations and, among other notables, an incandescent Jacqueline Kennedy. (Henry Groskinsky—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Jackie Kennedy, Ted Kennedy and his wife Joan in the crowd during the visit of Pope Paul VI. (Henry Groskinsky—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The Pope's next stop was the U.N., where he made the plea for peace that was his main purpose in coming to New York. (John Loengard—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI at the United Nations. (John Loengard—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Mass for the multitude. (Michael Rougier—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Ecstatic welcome at Yankee Stadium. (Art Rickerby—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Pope Paul VI at Yankee Stadium. (Art Rickerby—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

It is the explosive moment of the Pope's arrival at Yankee Stadium, a moment that bishops, priests, nuns and lay worshipers will cherish in their memories. (Bill Eppridge—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Robert F.Kennedy and two of his sons attend the outdoor mass led by Pope Paul VI at Yankee Stadium. (Bill Eppridge—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Communicants. Their hands clasped in reverence, John Nardoza (left) and Hubert Ondo from Gabon walk away as Pope Paul, assisted by Archbishop John J. McGuire, who statnds behind him, offers the Sacred Host to the next youngsters in line. (Bill Eppridge—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Near the end of his historic day in New York City, Pope Paul VI said Mass to 100,000 people in Yankee Stadium and gave a sermon of peace. (Bill Eppridge—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

A view of the crowd at Yankee Stadium during Pope Paul VI's visit. (Michael Rougier—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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