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Pope visits U.S.

Pope Benedict XVI arrived in the United States on Tuesday, the beginning of a six-day trip that includes visits to Washington, D.C., the United Nations, Ground Zero and two baseball stadiums.

The Pope, who is clebrating his 81st birthday on Wednesday, was greeted by a group of schoolchildren singing "Happy Birthday."

Neither the Pope nor President Bush, who met the Pope as he disembarked his plane at Andrew Air Force Base, made any remarks.

USA Today reported that on the flight to America, Benedict said that he was "deeply ashamed" of the clergy sex-abuse crisis.

Benedict is only the third pope to come to the United States. Paul VI stopped in New York for one day in 1965, and John Paul II made seven trips during his reign.

Benedict will visit the White House and address Catholic bishops on Wednesday, will celebrate Mass at the new Washington Nationals baseball stadium on Thursday, and will move on to New York on Friday morning.