Pope John Paul II in Mainz, 1980


Rick Wasser ©Stars and Stripes
Mainz, West Germany, November, 1980: Pope John Paul II hails the crowd of more than 200,000 people — an estimated 6,000 of them Americans — during a Mass in windy, rainy weather at the U.S. Army's Mainz-Finthen airfield. The pontiff was on a five-day, seven-city visit to West Germany. On April 27, 2014, John Paul and Pope John XXIII were officially elevated to sainthood by Pope Francis in a ceremony at the Vatican.

A Stars and Stripes story about the pope's 1980 visit to Mainz.

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