A Letter From the Publisher: Sep. 28, 1987

For a journalist, covering the travels of a major figure in the news is a coveted assignment. It can also be a fairly brutal experience. Although there are exhilarating moments of spectacle or significance, there are also logistical nightmares, frustrating stretches of tedium and constant weariness. John Paul II's ten-day U.S. tour was among the most demanding ever for TIME journalists. A five-member TIME team began shadowing the Pope upon his arrival in Miami on Sept. 10. Rome Bureau Chief Sam Allis, who will have traveled 18,000 miles with the Pope in twelve days, is groggy and impressed. "I spent 14...