Foreign Relations: When in New York

He was to spend less than a day in the U.S., but every second of the Pope's stay was planned, programmed and protected by harried officialdom. It was, after all, the first American visit by any Pope, and New Yorkers became so excited that the police broadcast hundreds of appeals to them to stay home.

Preparations for the day began from the moment on Sept. 9 that Paul VI announced his acceptance of U.N. Secretary-General U Thant's invitation to address the General Assembly. New York City police and FBI men, worried about an assassination attempt, pored through their files on anti-Catholic...

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