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Pope John Paul II's Travels in 1989

An official visit to Pope John Paul II, by the President of Ireland, Patrick J. Hillery, was made on April 20th.

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Another visit to Africa, from April 28th to May 6th, took Pope John Paul II to Antananarivo, Antsiranana and Fianarantsoa (Madagascar); St. Denis (La Reunion); Lusaka and Kitwe (Zambia); Blantyre and Lilongwe (Malawi).

On May 27th it was the turn of George Herbert Walker Bush to visit Pope John Paul II; the third President of the United States of America to do so.

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From June 1st to June 10th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Scandinavia, visiting Oslo, Trondheim and Tromso (Norway); Reykjavik and Thingvellir (Iceland); Helsinki and Turku (Finland); Copenhagen and Roskilde (Denmark); Stockholm, Uppsala, Vadstena and Linkoping (Sweden).

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Pope John Paul II's third visit to Spain, from August 19th to August 21st, was planned to commemorate the 4th World Youth Day in Santiago de Compostela.

The Pontiff also visited Ranon, Oviedo, Cangas de Onis and Covadonga.

From September 29th to October 2nd, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Robert Runcie, visited Pope John Paul II in The Vatican. The pair released a joint statement on October 2nd.

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From October 6th to October 10th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Seoul (South Korea); Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Maumere, Ritapiret, Dili and Medan (Indonesia; Plaisance, Port Louis, Le Reduit, Mont Thabor, Plaine Corail, La Ferme, Rodrigues, Rose Hill, Sainte-Croix and Curepipe (Mauritius).

Video Clip of The Pope in South Korea:
Pope John Paul II greets the massive crowd of Catholic Koreans in Seoul.

In December, Pope John Paul greeted the President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev (on December 1st) and the President of Malta, Censu Tabone (on December 18th).

Pope John Paul II's Travels in 1990

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From January 25th to February 1st, Pope John Paul II visited Isola del Sale, Praia and Mindelo (Cape Verde); Bissau and Cumura (Guinea Bissau); Bamako (Mali); Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso (Burkina Faso); N'Djamena, Mondou and Sarh (Chad).

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From April 21st to April 22nd, Pope John Paul II visited Prague, Uherske Hradiste, Velehrad and Bratislava (in what was then Czechoslavakia).

Prague, Czech Republic - Copyright
Prague, Czech Republic: © Michel - Travel Notes

Back at home, The Pope received the President of Portugal, Mario Soares, on April 27th; before getting ready to travel abroad again.

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From May 6th to May 14th, Pope John Paul II visited Mexico City, Veracruz, Aguascalientes, S. Juan de los Lagos, Durango, Chihuahua, Monterrey, Tuxtla Gutierrez, Villahermosa and Zacatecas (Mexico); and Willemstad (Curacao).

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Then it was a short trip to the Mediterranean, from May 25th to May 27th, as Pope John Paul II visited Luqa, Valletta, Attard, Mellieha, Cirkewwa, Mgarr, Ta'Pinu, Victoria, Senglea, Cottonera, St. Julian's, Ta'Qali, Rabat, Tal Virtu, Mdina and Floriana (Malta).

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From September 1st to September 10th, it was Africa again for Pope John Paul II as he travelled to Dar es Salaam, Songea, Mwanza, Tabora, KIA and Moshi (Tanzania); Bujumbura and Gitega (Burundi); Kigali and Kabgayi (Rwanda); and Yamoussoukro (Ivory Coast).

Yamoussoukro Basilica:
Felix Houphouet-Boigny, the long serving president of Cote d'Ivoire, built a massive church in the style of the Vatican's St Peter's Basilica; on the outskirts of his mother's village, Yamoussoukro.

The largest Christian Church in Africa, fully titled 'Basilique de Notre Dame de la Paix de Yamoussoukro', was built between 1986 and 1989; probably because The Pope didn't journey to Yamoussoukro in 1985, when he made a second visit to Ivory Coast.

Separate quarters were also built for The Pope, who would only use them if money was spent on a hospital for the sick as well. Felix Houphouet-Boigny instigated road building projects for his new capital as well; but many of them lead to nowhere.

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Marktl am Inn:
Birthplace of Benedict XVI; successor to Pope John Paul II.

By Michel.

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