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Pope John Paul II's Travels in 2002

Apostolic Voyage 96

From May 22nd to May 26th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Baku (Azerbaijan); Sofia, Rila and Plovdiv (Bulgaria).

President Bush and Pope John Paul II:
U.S. President George W. Bush met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican on May 28th, 2002.

Apostolic Voyage 97

From July 23rd to August 2nd, Pope John Paul II travelled to Toronto and Strawberry Island (Canada); Guatemala City (Guatemala); and Mexico City (Mexico).

Pope John Paul II in Toronto:
In a ceremony concluding week-long World Youth Day celebrations, the pontiff waved to a crowd of 800,000 people who braved rains to attend a sprawling outdoor Mass in Toronto.

Apostolic Voyage 98

As Pope John Paul II didn't state that he wished to be burried in Poland after his death, his eighth Papal Visit to Poland, visiting Krak�w and Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, from August 16th to August 19th, would be his last.

On October 31st, Pope John Paul II was made an honorary citizen of Rome.

Pope John Paul II's Travels in 2003

Apostolic Voyage 99

From May 3rd to May 4th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Madrid (Spain).

Apostolic Voyage 100

From June 5th to June 9th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Rijeka, Dubrovnik, Osijek, Djakovo and Zadar (Croatia).

Apostolic Voyage 101

On June 22nd, Pope John Paul II made his second trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina<; this time visiting Banja Luka.

Apostolic Voyage 102

From September 11th to September 14th, a weakened Pope John Paul II travelled to Bratislava, Trnava, Bansk� Bystrica, Kosice and Roznava (Slovakia).

Frail Pope Cheered in Slovakia:
Tens of thousands of people turned out to cheer the Pope as he arrived for an open-air mass on a hillside near Roznava.

On October 7th, Pope John Paul II made a pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary of Pompeii (before the end of the Year of the Rosary).

25th Anniversary Mass:
Pope John Paul II celebrated his 25th anniversary mass in October 2003.

The Beatification of Mother Teresa of Calcutta (who died on September 5th, 1997) took place on October 19th.

Pope John Paul II's Travels in 2004

On June 4th, President George W. Bush met Pope John Paul II in The Vatican, for the second time and their fourth meeting in total.

Pope Greets Laura Bush:
US President George W. Bush and his wife Laura greeting the pontiff during their meeting at the Vatican.

Apostolic Voyage 103

From June 5th to June 6th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Bern (Switzerland).

Apostolic Voyage 104

From August 14th to August 15th, Pope John Paul made his last earthly pilgrimage; to Lourdes (France).

On November 4th, Pope John Paul II received Ayad Allawi, Prime Minister of the Iraqi interim government.

Pope John Paul II's Last Travel in 2005

The Pope's Last Easter:
Pope John Paul II delivers an Easter Sunday blessing from his apartment window, overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican on March 27th, 2005.

Pope John Paul II was supposed to make a journey to Germany, but on the evening of Saturday April 2nd, Pope John Paul II made his final journey - to the heavens.

John Paul's last book - Memory and Identity - will remain in the hands of millions as the final memory of a man who touched so many, on his tireless voyage around the world, and left in them a part of his identity.

The one place Pope John Paul always wanted to visit was a Communist-free, Russia.

Pope John Paul II in Russia, as he would have wished it.
Pope John Paul II in Russia, as he would have wished it.

Posthumously, with computer technology, we can make that wish come true.

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Birthplace of Benedict XVI; successor to Pope John Paul II.

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