Nation: John Paul's Triumphant Tour

For the U.S.: a message of spiritual leadership

Rarely if ever had the prospect of a foreigner's visit so stirred the country, but then the visit itself had no precedent. His Aer Lingus 747 was to touch down at Boston's Logan Airport—and then John Paul II would be the first Pope in history to tour the U.S. Huge throngs would gather at his every stop: some several hundred thousand were expected for Monday's Mass on Boston Common; as many as 5 million for his stops in New York City, which would include overflow audiences...

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