POONA, India — Pope John Paul II ended his 10-day pilgrimage to India on Monday on the same low key on which it began, avoiding offense to the country's predominant Hindus or to its divided Roman Catholics.
Here, in what has become a hotbed of Hindu fundamentalism, the weary pontiff addressed a group of seminary students and confined his remarks to a reminder of their allegiance to Rome and the importance of their spiritual duties.
He later addressed a youth rally in Bombay, 65 miles northwest of Poona, then boarded an Indian air force plane for the flight back to Rome.
The pontiff's tour of India, which began Feb. 1, took him to 14 cities.
Although mindful of a movement within the Catholic Church in India to support a kind of home-grown liberation theology, particularly in the southern state of Kerala, John Paul toned down his usual condemnation of clergymen in politics.