August 22, 1997 |
Pope John Paul II was greeted by thousands of flag-waving youths on the first day of a four-day rendezvous that will culminate with Catholic World Youth Day on Sunday. "Dear young people, the church believes in you," John Paul told an estimated crowd of 500,000 supporters gathered near the Eiffel Tower. "She is counting on you." John Paul was shaded by a white umbrella from the late afternoon sun during the first big rally of his visit.