Pope John Paul the Second's audience have become so popular that on Wednesday (4 April) they had to be moved to St.
GV St. Peter's Square and crowds.
GV PAN Pope John Paul II on back of jeep driving through crowd (2 SHOTS)
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GV Pope walking and shaking hands and kissing woman.
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GV Pope sitting on throne in front of St. Peter's (2 SHOTS)
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Background: Pope John Paul the Second's audience have become so popular that on Wednesday (4 April) they had to be moved to St. Peter's Square. Previously these audiences had been held in the Paul the Sixth hall in the Vatican City. If the crowds continue to swell the change of venue could be a permanent one.
SYNOPSIS: Pope John Paul II himself decided to move this audience to St. Peter's Square. It's the way the Pope presents himself to the people that's partly the reason for his popularity. The ever-smiling face, his consistently exuberant spirit has won him tens of millions of followers amongst Catholics and non-Catholics all over the world.
Vatican radio reported on Tuesday (3 April) that Pope John Paul had sent a message to exiled Ukranian Church leader Cardinal Josyf Slipyj in which he spoke of the suffering and injustices inflicted on the Cardinal by the Soviet authorities. The Ukranian Church leader has lived in exile in Rome for sixteen years, following eighteen years in Soviet Labour Camps. Pope John Paul will be the first Pope to visit a Communist country when he fulfills his commitment to return to his native Poland in June.