A triumphant Pope John Paul returned to Rome on Monday (8 October) after a seven-day tour of the United States and a three-day mission to the Republic of Ireland.
A triumphant Pope John Paul returned to Rome on Monday (8 October) after a seven-day tour of the United States and a three-day mission to the Republic of Ireland. Observers said he was visibly tired as he left his aircraft.
SYNOPSIS: Pope John Paul arrived at Rome's Fiumicino airport to a welcome from a crowd of two thousand headed by italian Prime Minister Francesco Cossiga, twenty cardinals and Rome's Communist Mayor Luigi Petraselli. Mr. Cossiga said the Pope's tour was a pastoral pilgrimage of great importance which he hoped had served peace and understanding among peoples and nations. The airport welcome was one of the last of many cheering throngs he encountered on the journey.
The Pope left behind him in the Irish Republic and the United States a series of statements which have caused controversy between conservative and liberal Roman Catholics. He told Catholics to reject the temptations of materialism and sexual self-gratification.
Summing up his 10-day pilgrimage the Pope told the crowd that in Ireland he had prayed for peace and reconciliation of the Irish people, and later at the United Nations he reaffirmed the Vatican's keen interest in promoting peace, justice and human rights. He said he acquired a desire for even more direct contacts with the American people.
It was believed by many observers that the issues raised during his tour, including his firm rejection of liberal views on abortion, birth control, divorce and women priests, would be debated next month (November) when he meets his 130 cardinals to assess the first year of his reign. After resting at the Vatican Pope John Paul flew on to spend two days at Castelgandolfo, the Pontiff's summer residence.