Pope John Paul II was greeted on arrival in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on March 8 with a pledge by President Roberto Suazo that his country will solve its problems through dialogue and negotiation.
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Background: TEGUCIGALPA, HONDURAS
Pope John Paul II was greeted on arrival in the Honduran capital Tegucigalpa on March 8 with a pledge by President Roberto Suazo that his country will solve its problems through dialogue and negotiation. In a welcoming address, the president contrasted Honduras, a democracy, with other Central America states torn apart by violence. The Papal motorcade drove from the airport to the Church of Our Lady of Suyapa, near Tegucigalpa, along a route packed with thousands of people waving white handkerchiefs. Security was tight along the road strewn with flowers dropped from helicopters flying overhead. The Pontiff told the crowd of 150,000 gathered at the sanctuary that they could not invoke Mary, Honduras patron saint, if they mistreated her sons. He also entrusted the whole of Central America to the Virgin of Suyapa, asking her to create peace in the region. The Papal motorcade returned to the city centre via a hillside shantytown after police failed to clear thousands of people blocking the planned route. Although free from internal conflict, Honduras is the region's poorest country. The Pope later returned to Guatemala and will visit Belize and Haiti before returning to Rome.
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