List of pastoral visits of Pope John Paul II outside Italy
During his reign, Pope John Paul II ("The Pilgrim Pope") made 104 foreign trips, more than all previous popes combined. In total he logged more than 1,167,000 km (725,000 mi). He consistently attracted large crowds on his travels, some among the largest ever assembled. While some of his trips (such as to the United States and the Holy Land) were to places previously visited by Pope Paul VI (the first pope to travel widely), many others were to countries that no pope had ever previously visited.
Pope John Paul II’s World Travels:
Countries visited 
Pope John Paul II visited 129 countries during his time as pope:
- Nine visits to Poland 
- Eight visits to France (including one visit to Réunion)
- Seven visits to the United States (including two stopovers in Alaska)
- Five visits to Mexico and Spain
- Four visits to Brazil, Portugal, and Switzerland
- Three visits to Austria, Canada, Côte d'Ivoire, Croatia, Czech Republic (including one visit to Czechoslovakia), Dominican Republic, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Malta (including one stopover in Luqa), and Slovakia (including one visit to Czechoslovakia)
- Two visits to Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Benin, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, El Salvador, Hungary, India, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Slovenia, South Korea, Uruguay, and Venezuela
- One visit to Albania, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belize, Bolivia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Congo, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curaçao (then part of the Netherlands Antilles), Denmark, East Timor (then part of Indonesia), Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Greece, Guam, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Palestinian territories, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Romania, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Swaziland, Sweden, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Zambia, and Zimbabwe
The Pope's visit to Ireland on 29 September drew immense crowds. 1.3 million people attended the opening Mass of the visit in Dublin's Phoenix Park, and over 250,000 attended a Liturgy of the Word in Drogheda later that evening. Hundreds of thousands lined the streets of Dublin that night for a motorcade from Dublin Airport to the Presidential Residence in the Phoenix Park.
The following day, Sunday 30 September, included Masses in Galway (300,000), Knock (450,000) and a stop over at the monastic ruins of Clonmacnois (20,000). The final day of the visit began with a visit to the National Seminary in Maynooth (attended by 80,000). The final Mass of the visit was at Greenpark Racecourse in Limerick in the south of the country before 400,000 people (more than had been expected).
John Paul II made his first visit to the United States in October 1979, where he became the first Pope to visit the White House. He was greeted warmly by President Jimmy Carter, and they met privately in the Oval Office. He also spent two days in New York City, where he addressed the United Nations General Assembly, took in a show at Madison Square Garden, and conducted Mass at Shea Stadium to an audience of over 52,000. His next stop was Chicago, where he celebrated Mass in Grant Park, meeting with civic leaders and Chicago's Polish community. Chicago was the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States at the time and the home of the largest Polish community outside of Poland.
January 25 — February 1, 1979 -
June 2 — June 10, 1979
September 29 — October 8, 1979
November 28 — November 30, 1979
On June 2, 1980, he made a pilgrimage to Lisieux in northern France, the home town of St. Therese of the Child Jesus of the Holy Face. In 1997 he declared St. Therese the third woman Doctor of the Church. His 1980 visit to France was the first by a pope since 1814 and his journey to Germany in November 1980 was the first since 1782.
On February 18, 1981, he beatified several martyrs, including those later sainted, St. Lorenzo Ruiz and Magdalene of Nagasaki, in Manila. This was the first beatification to be held outside Vatican City.
He became the first reigning pope to travel to the United Kingdom in 1982, where he met Queen Elizabeth II, the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. This trip was in danger of being cancelled due to the then current Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas/Guerra del Atlántico Sur), against which he spoke out during the visit. In a dramatic symbolic gesture, he knelt in prayer alongside Archbishop of Canterbury Robert Runcie, in the See of the Church of England, Canterbury Cathedral, founded by St Augustine of Canterbury. They prayed at the site of the martyrdom of St. Thomas Becket, meant as a show of friendship between the Roman Catholic and Anglican Churches. Pope John Paul II was the first Pontiff to visit Scotland. 300,000 of the Roman Catholic minority in that country celebrated Mass with the Pope at Bellahoustan Park. On this visit the Pope faced protest from Protestant extremist Pastor Jack Glass and his followers. This visit had to be balanced for fairness with an unscheduled trip to Argentina that June.
Throughout his trips, he stressed his devotion to the Virgin Mary through visits to various shrines to the Virgin Mary, notably Knock in Ireland, Fatima in Portugal, Guadalupe in Mexico, and Lourdes in France. His public visits were centred on large Papal Masses; 1,250,000 people, one quarter of the population of the island of Ireland, (one third of the population of Republic of Ireland) attended his Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park in 1979.
In 1984, John Paul became the first Pope to visit Puerto Rico. Stands were specially erected for him at Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, where he met with governor Carlos Romero Barceló, and at Plaza Las Americas.
The pope made a pastoral trip to Singapore in 1986, and was warmly received by the Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew in the Istana. Following that, the Pope made pastoral speeches concerning the Catholic doctrines in the National Stadium of Singapore, which was viewed by a large audience.
May 2 — May 12, 1980 -
May 30 — June 2, 1980 -
June 30 — July 12, 1980
November 15 — November 19, 1980 -
February 16 — February 27, 1981 -
February 12 — February 19, 1982 -
May 12 — May 15, 1982 -
May 28 — June 2, 1982 -
June 10 — June 13, 1982 -
June 15, 1982 -
August 29, 1982 -
October 31 — November 9, 1982 -
March 2 — March 10, 1983 -
- Portugal (stopover in Lisbon)
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
June 16 June 23, 1983 -
August 14 — August 15, 1983 -
September 10 — September 13, 1983 -
May 2 — May 12, 1984 -
June 12 — June 17, 1984 -
September 9 — September 21, 1984 -
October 10 — October 13, 1984 -
January 26 — February 6, 1985 -
May 11 — May 21, 1985 -
August 8 — August 19, 1985 -
September 8, 1985 -
January 31 — February 11, 1986 -
July 1 — July 8, 1986 -
October 4 — October 7, 1986 -
November 18 — December 1, 1986 -
March 31 — April 13, 1987 -
April 30 — May 4, 1987 -
June 8 — June 14, 1987 -
September 10 — September 21, 1987 -
- United States (Miami, Columbia, South Carolina, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco, Detroit), and
- Canada (Fort Simpson, NT)
May 7 — May 18, 1988 -
June 23 — June 27, 1988 -
September 10 — September 19, 1988 -
- ( South Africa was excluded from the itinerary because of apartheid, although the flight to Maseru Airport was redirected to Johannesburg Airport and the pope travelled overland to Lesotho.)
October 8 — October 11, 1988
- April 28 — May 6, 1989 - Madagascar, Réunion, Zambia, and Malawi
- June 1 — June 10, 1989 - Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, and Sweden
- August 19 — August 21, 1989 - Spain (celebration of World Youth Day in Santiago de Compostela)
- October 6 — October 16, 1989 - South Korea, Indonesia (including East Timor), and Mauritius
The Pope's foreign travel programme for 1994 was suspended due to a fall resulting in hip-replacement surgery. Visits to Belgium, USA and Lebanon were cancelled as a result. The visits to Lebanon and America took place the following year, 1995, while the visit to Lebanon was delayed until 1997.
There was a plot to assassinate the Pope during his visit to Manila in January 1995, as part of Operation Bojinka, a mass terrorist attack that was developed by Al-Qaeda members Ramzi Yousef and Khalid Sheik Mohammed. A suicide bomber dressed as a priest and planned to use the disguise to get closer to the Pope's motorcade so that he could kill the Pope by detonating himself. Before January 15, the day on which the men were to attack the Pope during his Philippine visit, an apartment fire brought investigators led by Aida Fariscal to Yousef's laptop computer, which had terrorist plans on it, as well as clothes and items that suggested an assassination plot. Yousef was arrested in Pakistan about a month later, but Khalid Sheik Mohammed was not arrested until 2003. During this trip to Philippines, on 15 January 1995, the Pope offered Mass to an estimated crowd of 4–5 million in Luneta Park, Manila, the largest papal crowd ever.
Pope John Paul II's strong Marian devotion was highly influenced by the Mariology of Saint Louis de Montfort and according to his Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, the pontiff's personal motto "Totus Tuus" was inspired by St. Louis' doctrine on total consecration to the Virgin Mary. Accordingly, on September 19, 1996, Pope John-Paul II made a trip to Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre in France to meditate and pray on the adjacent tombs of Saint Louis de Montfort and Blessed Marie Louise Trichet, whom he beatified himself.
On March 22, 1998, during his second Papal visit to Nigeria, he beatified the Nigerian monk Cyprian Michael Tansi. This was a beatification that greatly endeared the Pope to many African Catholics.
Also in 1999, John Paul II made a final trip to the United States, this time celebrating Mass in St. Louis in the Edward Jones Dome. Over 104,000 people attended the January 27 Mass, making it the biggest indoor gathering in United States history.
- January 25 — February 1, 1990 - Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Chad
- April 21 — April 22, 1990 - Czechoslovakia
- May 6 — May 14, 1990 - Mexico and Curaçao
- May 25 — May 27, 1990 - Malta
- September 1 — September 10, 1990 - Malta (stopover in Luqa), Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, and Côte d'Ivoire (consecration of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro)
- May 5 — May 13, 1991 - Portugal (pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Fátima on the tenth anniversary of the assassination attempt against the pope)
- June 1 — June 9, 1991 - Poland
- August 13 — August 20, 1991 - Poland (celebration of World Youth Day in Częstochowa) and Hungary
- October 12 — October 21, 1991 - Brazil
- February 19 — February 26, 1992 - Senegal, Gambia, and Guinea
- June 4 — June 10, 1992 - Angola and São Tomé and Príncipe
- October 9 — October 14, 1992 - Dominican Republic
- February 3 — February 10, 1993 - Benin, Uganda, and Sudan
- April 25, 1993 - Albania
- June 12 — June 17, 1993 - Spain
- August 9 — August 16, 1993 - Jamaica, Mexico, and the United States (celebration of World Youth Day in Denver)
- September 4 — September 10, 1993 - Lithuania (visit to the Hill of Crosses), Latvia, and Estonia
- September 10 — September 11, 1994 - Croatia
- January 11 — January 21, 1995 - Philippines (celebration of World Youth Day 1995 in Manila), Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Sri Lanka
- May 20 — May 22, 1995 - Czech Republic and Poland
- June 3 — June 4, 1995 - Belgium
- June 30 — July 3, 1995 - Slovakia
- September 14 — September 20, 1995 - Cameroon, South Africa, and Kenya
- October 4 — October 9, 1995 - United States (Newark, East Rutherford, New York City, United Nations, Yonkers, Baltimore)
- February 5 — February 12, 1996 - Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Venezuela
- April 14, 1996 - Tunisia
- May 17 — May 19, 1996 - Slovenia
- June 21 — June 23, 1996 - Germany
- September 6 — September 7, 1996 - Hungary
- September 19 — September 22, 1996 - France
- April 12 — April 13, 1997 - Bosnia and Herzegovina
- April 25 — April 27, 1997 - Czech Republic
- May 10 — May 11, 1997 - Lebanon
- May 31 — June 10, 1997 - Poland
- August 21 — August 24, 1997 - France (celebration of World Youth Day in Paris)
- October 2 — October 6, 1997 - Brazil
- January 21 — January 26, 1998 - Cuba
- March 21 — March 23, 1998 - Nigeria
- June 19 — June 21, 1998 - Austria
- October 2 — October 4, 1998 - Croatia
- January 22 — January 28, 1999 - Mexico and United States (St. Louis)
- May 7 — May 9, 1999 - Romania
- June 5 — June 17, 1999 - Poland
- September 19, 1999 - Slovenia
- October 5 — October 9, 1999 - India and Georgia
In May 2001, the Pontiff took a pilgrimage that would trace the steps of his co-namesake, Saint Paul, across the Mediterranean, from Greece to Syria to Malta. John Paul II became the first Pope to visit Greece in 1291 years. The visit was controversial, and the Pontiff was met with protests and snubbed by Eastern Orthodox leaders, none of whom met his arrival.
In Athens, the Pope met with Archbishop Christodoulos, the head of the Greek Orthodox Church in Greece. After a private 30 minute meeting, the two spoke publicly. Christodoulos read a list of "13 offences" of the Roman Catholic Church against the Orthodox Church since the Great Schism, including the pillaging of Constantinople by crusaders in 1204. He also bemoaned the lack of any apology from the Roman Catholic Church, saying that "until now, there has not been heard a single request for pardon" for the "maniacal crusaders of the 13th century".
The Pope responded by saying, "For the occasions past and present, when sons and daughters of the Catholic Church have sinned by action or omission against their Orthodox brothers and sisters, may the Lord grant us forgiveness", to which Christodoulos immediately applauded. John Paul also said that the sacking of Constantinople was a source of "deep regret" for Catholics.
Later, John Paul and Christodoulos met on a spot where Saint Paul had once preached to Athenian Christians. They issued a "common declaration", saying, "We shall do everything in our power, so that the Christian roots of Europe and its Christian soul may be preserved. ... We condemn all recourse to violence, proselytism and fanaticism, in the name of religion." The two leaders then said the Lord's Prayer together, breaking an Orthodox taboo against praying with Catholics.
In September 2001 amid post-September 11 concerns, he travelled to Kazakhstan, with an audience of largely Muslims, and to Armenia, to participate in the celebration of the 1700 years of Christianity in that nation.
- February 24 — February 26, 2000 - Egypt (Great Jubilee pilgrimage to Mount Sinai)
- March 20 — March 26, 2000 - Jordan, the Palestinian territories, and Israel (Great Jubilee pilgrimage to the Holy Land)
- May 12 — May 13, 2000 - Portugal (Great Jubilee pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Fátima)
May 5 — May 9, 2001 -
June 23 — June 27, 2001 -
September 22 — September 27, 2001 -
- May 22 — May 26, 2002 - Azerbaijan and Bulgaria
- July 23 — August 2, 2002 - Canada (celebration of World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto), Guatemala, and Mexico
- August 16 — August 19, 2002 - Poland
- May 3 — May 4, 2003 - Spain
- June 5 — June 9, 2003 - Croatia
- June 22, 2003 - Bosnia and Herzegovina
- September 11 — September 14, 2003 - Slovakia
- June 5, 2004 - Switzerland
- August 14 — August 15, 2004 - France (pilgrimage to the Marian shrine in Lourdes)
See also 
- "The Holy See: Jubilee Pilgrimages of the Holy Father". © 2005,2009 The Holy See. Retrieved 2009-01-01.
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- Vatican News Services (in Italian) WebCitation archive
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- Sullivan, Robert (2000). Pope John Paul II A Tribute. Life. p. 85. ISBN 0821226770.
- The figure 1,250,000 is mentioned on the commemorative stone at the Papal Cross in the Phoenix Park, Dublin
- Walsh, Mary Ann "Pope John Paul II’s Travels Visits to the United States" United States Conference of Catholic Bishops WebCitation archive
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- * Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apost_letters/documents/hf_jp-ii_apl_20021016_rosarium-virginis-mariae_en.html
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