Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating a mass in Mestre during his pastoral visit in Venice May 8, 2011.
Pope Benedict XVI celebrates a Mass in Mestre, Italy, Sunday, May 8, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated an open-air Mass on Sunday for 300,000 faithful in Venice, the spiritual highlight of his two-day pastoral visit to the lagoon city. Benedict greeted worshippers from his popemobile as he arrived for Mass in an expansive park, stopping briefly to kiss a swaddled infant wearing pink socks who was passed to him from the crowd.
VENICE, ITALY - MAY 07: Pope Benedict XVI (R), accompanied by Patriarch of Venice Angelo Scola, greets the crowd gathered in St Mark's Square while crossing the square on an electric vehicle on May 7, 2011 in Venice, Italy. Pope Benedict XVI is visiting Venice until May 8, some 26 years after his predecessor Pope John Paul II last visited the city.
Pope Benedict XVI, center, is flanked by patriarch of Venice Cardinal Angelo Scola, right, and Veneto region's governor Luca Zaia upon his arrival in Venice, Italy, Saturday, May 7, 2011. Pope Benedict XVI arrives in Venice Saturday for a two-day pastoral visit, the first by a pope since his predecessor John Paul II plied the canals 26 years ago in a gondola built for Venice's Byzantine-era rulers. The 27-hour visit began with a stop in a nearby town, Aquileia, where Benedict was greeted by hundreds of flag-waving faithful. The visit, taking place under tight security, includes a visit to a medieval basilica, an appearance at St. Mark's Square, an open-air Mass on the Venetian mainland and a gondola ride to the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health.
Pope Benedict XVI blesses a boy at the end of a ceremony at the Aquileia's Basilica, near Venice May 7, 2011, during his two-day pastoral visit in Venice.