I welcome the Holy Father to America. Pope Benedict XVI is a man steeped in holiness. He has succeeded in giving witness to the powerful tradition of the Catholic faith in all its depth and beauty. His mission in life is that of being a "collaborator of the truth," after the model of the many wonderful pastors of Christ's holy church.

In all things he is a man of peace and unity.

May the pope's visit be a profound spiritual blessing for everyone.

Ruth Fitzpatrick

Salt Lake City