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Pope John Paul II's Travels in 1997

John Paul II received visits from the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu (on February 3); the President of Brazil, Fernando Henrique Cardoso (on February 14th) and the President of Poland, Aleksander Kwasniewski (on April 7th).

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From April 12th to April 13th, Pope John Paul II finally travelled to Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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From April 25th to April 27th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Prague and Hradec Kralovo (Czech Republic).

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From May 10th to May 11th, Pope John Paul II travelled to the Middle East, visiting Beirut, Baabda, Harissa and Bkerki (Lebanon).

Video Clip of The Pope in Beirut:
Pope John Paul II hosted the largest ever religious gathering in Lebanon, nestled amid the mostly flattened ruins of what used to be a main battleground.

On May 16th,  the President of Georgia, Eduard Shevardnadze, visited John Paul II at The Vatican.

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From May 31st to June 10th, Pope John Paul II travelled home for the sixth time, visiting Wroclaw, Legnica, Gorzow Wielkopolski, Gniezno, Poznan, Kalicz, Czestochowa, Zakopane, Ludzmierz, Krakow, Dukla and Krosno (Poland).

Video Clip of The Pope in Poland:
Pope John Paul II in Wroclaw, the first of twelve stops on his sixth journey to Poland.

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From August 21st to August 24th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Paris for World Youth Day, Champ-de-Mars, Etampes and E'vry (France).

From September 27th to September 28th, Pope John Paul II visited Bologna; a few days before flying to South America.

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On his fourth visit to Brazil, from October 2nd to October 6th, Pope John Paul II spent his time in Rio de Janeiro; with the family his main theme.

Video Clip of The Pope in Rio:
One of the largest gatherings ever of Catholics in Brazil and the highpoint of Pope John Paul II's 4-day visit to Rio de Janeiro, an outdoor Mass under the blazing sun at the city's Flamengo Park.

Pope John Paul II's Travels in 1998

On January 3rd, Pope John Paul II visited the people affected by the 1997 earthquake in the Italian regions of Umbria and the Marches; especially the towns of Annifo, Cesi and Assisi.

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From January 21st to January 25th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Havana, Santa Clara, Camaguey and Santiago de Cuba (Cuba), where he also met Fidel Castro, at the Palace of the Revolution.

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Video Clip of Pope John Paul II in Havana:
The Pope meets crowds of flag-waving Cubans and meets with Fidel Castro.

The Secretary of State of the United States of America, Madeleine Albright, visited Pope John Paul II on March 7th.

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From March 21st to March 23rd, Pope John Paul II travelled to Abuja, Enugu, and Oba, near Onitsha (Nigeria).

On May 15th King Albert II of the Belgians and his second wife, Queen Paola met with Pope John Paul II in The Vatican.

The following month, Pope John Paul II greeted the President of the National Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat (on June 12th) and the President of the Republic of South Africa, Nelson Mandela (on June 18th).

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On June 19th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Salzburg, Vienna and St. Polten (Austria).

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From October 2nd to October 4th, Pope John Paul II travelled to Zagreb and Split (Croatia).

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

By Michel.

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