February 1, 1990 |
If there was any lingering doubt, it was plain to all Wednesday as Pope John Paul II traipsed through provincial towns in southern Chad that he likes being on the road. Rich nations and poor, north and south, city or town--the most-traveled pontiff in history apparently wants to see them all. He has few rivals for the title of most-traveled world leader of the century, according to Vatican officials who keep track of his travels with the painstaking precision of medieval manuscript illuminators.
September 3, 1990 |
Pope John Paul II on Sunday urged cooperation and brotherhood between Christianity and Islam, two religions with ancient rivalries in Africa. "Religious differences of themselves do not necessarily disrupt life together," the Pope told leaders of the Muslim and other faiths in this East African nation. John Paul said dialogue between Christians and Muslims "is increasingly important in today's world."
July 24, 1987 |
Pope John Paul II will visit Mozambique in September of next year as part of a tour of black southern African nations, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported Thursday. The agency's correspondent in Maputo, quoting Mozambican church sources, said President Joaquim Chissano had invited the Pope for a visit shortly after Chissano's audience at the Vatican in May. The Pope also plans stops in Zimbabwe, Lesotho and Botswana on the trip.
February 2, 1990 |
Chastened by the deprivation and desolation that marked his passage through five of the poorest nations on Earth, Pope John Paul II left sub-Saharan Africa on Thursday with a simple prayer. "I pray that God gives to all the peoples of Africa the strength of hope," he said. Ending an exhausting 8,600-mile, eight-day journey through Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso and Chad, John Paul again demanded greater international support for African development efforts.
March 23, 1998 |
On a vast plain of red dust once destined to be an airport, in the smothering heat of a damp gray sub-Saharan haze, Pope John Paul II gathered more than half a million Roman Catholics here Sunday for a milestone in the spread of their faith across Africa.
September 20, 1988
Pope John Paul II returned home after a 10-day tour of southern Africa. The trip took him to Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique, with an unexpected stop in South Africa because of bad weather in Lesotho. The Pope's Alitalia Boeing 747 landed in Rome after a 10-hour flight from Mozambique. A helicopter was waiting to take him to his summer residence, Castel Gandolfo, but a rain squall forced the Pope to leave the airport in a car.