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May 7, 1989
Pope John Paul II ended a nine-day African tour in Lilongwe, Malawi, with an appeal for Africans to hold on to their local traditions and spurn the enticements of modern society. He also appealed for authorities to assist African refugees and encouraged the continent's victims of war and famine "not to lose hope." The Pope left for Rome aboard a special Alitalia Boeing 747 after celebrating Mass for 75,000 people in Lilongwe. John Paul's 41st foreign pilgrimage and fifth trip to Africa covered 13,500 miles, taking him to the African island of Madagascar, the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, Zambia and Malawi.
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May 7, 1989
Pope John Paul II ended a nine-day African tour in Lilongwe, Malawi, with an appeal for Africans to hold on to their local traditions and spurn the enticements of modern society. He also appealed for authorities to assist African refugees and encouraged the continent's victims of war and famine "not to lose hope." The Pope left for Rome aboard a special Alitalia Boeing 747 after celebrating Mass for 75,000 people in Lilongwe. John Paul's 41st foreign pilgrimage and fifth trip to Africa covered 13,500 miles, taking him to the African island of Madagascar, the French Indian Ocean island of La Reunion, Zambia and Malawi.
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May 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
Pope John Paul II, reflecting the church's concern about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in Africa, urged Roman Catholics and Muslims on Friday to avoid aggressive tactics in the battle for converts. In a speech to Malawi's Catholic bishops on the last full day of his nine-day African tour, the Pope raised the issue of the church's tense relations with Muslims in this southern African nation. "What is required is mutual respect, as well as mutual recognition of those things that we share in common," the Pope said.
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May 6, 1989 | From Associated Press
Pope John Paul II, reflecting the church's concern about the spread of Islamic fundamentalism in Africa, urged Roman Catholics and Muslims on Friday to avoid aggressive tactics in the battle for converts. In a speech to Malawi's Catholic bishops on the last full day of his nine-day African tour, the Pope raised the issue of the church's tense relations with Muslims in this southern African nation. "What is required is mutual respect, as well as mutual recognition of those things that we share in common," the Pope said.
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