Pope Paul arrived in Bogota, Colombia Thursday (August 22) and was greeted at Dorado airport by more than 50 thousand chanting people.
POPE ARRIVING, SPEAKING, AND THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS .
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Background: Pope Paul arrived in Bogota, Colombia Thursday (August 22) and was greeted at Dorado airport by more than 50 thousand chanting people. Police estimated that crowds in excess of 500 thousand were lining the route the Pope would take from the airport and through Bogota.
This is the first time a Pope has ever visited South America, the world's most predominantly Catholic continent. It is Pope Paul's sixth and longest pilgrimage, bringing him to an area of the world where poverty is the rule rather than the exception; where the world's rate is the highest and opposition is mounting to his ban on artificial birth control.
When he reached the ??? plaza ???, Pope Paul road in Spanish from a prepared text, expressing gratitude for "having wanted to receive ministry and with which we wish...to pray before the Price of Peace of a world so needful of it."
The Pope's car then continued its drive through the city's crowded streets.