Caribbean: Mission with a Message

Following by air from Spain the approximate route that Explorer Christopher Columbus sailed almost half a millennium ago, Pope John Paul II last week traveled to the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. His mission: to launch eight years of "spiritual preparations" to commemorate the Christianization of the Americas that began with Columbus' first voyage to the New World in 1492. The Pontiff used the occasion to issue a thinly veiled denunciation of U.S. and Soviet bloc intrusion in Caribbean and Latin American affairs. He urged listeners to resist "interferences of foreign powers which follow their own economic...

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