This was Paul VI’s (#263) one and only trip to the U.S. He did not spend the night.
It was his 3rd trip outside of Italy as pope.
I covered the highlights of this one day visit in this August 8, 2011 post where I talked about the Lincoln Continental Limousine used by the pope on that visit coming up for auction.
So, I am not going to go over the same ground again.
Instead, I will just share a few salient, evocative photographs from that day, 47 years ago.
Pope landing at New York at J.F.K. (Idlewild until 1963) airport. The gentleman directly behind the pope, methinks, is the iconic, Burmese, U. Thant, third Secretary-General of the United Nations (1961 – 1971).
The pope at the U.N. on Oct. 4, 1965 — U. Thant is to his left.
Arriving at Yankee Stadium for the Mass.
With President Lyndon B. Johnson that day, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, because the pope could not visit the White House given that Vatican City State was not recognized as an independent country.
Another classic example of the Vatican’s reluctance to correct errors, as discussed yesterday. This has been wrong for a long time and I pointed it out over a year ago! In someways I can see some logic here. When it was 1965 in NYC it was probably still 1864 at the Vatican and 1964 in Rome.