Pope John Paul the Second, near the end of his New York visit, sang and joked with schoolchildren on Wednesday (3 October) before making a passionate appeal for an end to anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.
Pope John Paul the Second, near the end of his New York visit, sang and joked with schoolchildren on Wednesday (3 October) before making a passionate appeal for an end to anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination. On a rainy day in New York, the Pope once again received spectacular welcomes wherever he went.
SYNOPSIS: The first stop on his tour of New York was Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Thousands watched as he entered this centre for the city's Roman Catholics. Before him lay yet another day of cheering crowds and welcomes as people of all faiths lined the streets to wait for him in the rain.
Next stop was Madison Square Garden, New York's biggest indoor venue, after receiving a traditional ticker tape greeting in the business district. As the Pope's car edged forward, parents pushed their children towards him. More usually Madison Square garden resounds to applause for rock musicians and showbusiness stars. Pope John Paul spent 90 minutes here with 18,000 Catholic children from schools all over New York and New Jersey.
The event included a slide show, drums and a band, then the children thanked him for visiting their city. They brought him gifts - a medallion and a T-shirt with the message: "The Big Apple Welcomes Pope John Paul the Second". And a choir of young people entertained their guest. The Pope joined in.
At windblown Battery Park, the crowd of fifty thousand, including many Jews, heard the Pope urge that America should continue its tradition as a haven for the oppressed.
After his address, in which he appealed for an end to anti-Semitism and discrimination of all kinds. the Pope went once more to mingle with the people. And again, he wanted to meet children.
At Shea Baseball Stadium, eighty thousand people were waiting.
After his farewell address Pope John Paul left for La Guardia airport to continue his tour in Philadelphia.