Pope Benedict's first papal visit to the United States in the spring will not include a stop in Boston.
It's a blow the Archdiocese of Boston, which had asked the Pope to visit to help celebrate its 200th anniversary.
The Vatican says Benedict will instead stop in Washington and New York in April.
His itinerary includes trips to the White House, ground zero in lower Manhattan, and a major address to the United Nations.
Joining us to discuss the Pope's decision is the former U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican and former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn.
This program aired on November 13, 2007. The audio for this program is not available.