Pope to visit New York synagogue during first papal trip to US

Pope Benedict XVI will visit a synagogue near the United Nations when he travels to the United States this month. The US bishops said Thursday that the pope plans a brief visit to the Park East Synagogue on the evening of April 18. That is one day before the start of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Separately, Benedict will meet with Jewish leaders and representatives of other faiths in Washington, DC, on April 17th. He will also meet with leaders of other Christian groups. Benedict is traveling to the two cities from April 15 through April 20. It will be his first visit as pope to the United States. On his first trip abroad as pontiff in 2005, Benedict visited a synagogue in Cologne, Germany.