January 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Pope’s Next Stop Papua New Guinea

Compiled From Wire Services

After drawing his largest crowd ever on Sunday, Pope John Paul II left today for Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - the second stop on his four-nation, 11-day pilgrimage through Asia.

In his farewell remarks in Manila, the pope said, “Christ is working … for a new springtime of Christianity in this continent.”

Vatican officials estimated the crowd at Sunday’s Mass was between 2 million and 5 million, but its sheer size defied any accurate measure. The crowd clearly was larger than the 2 million people who attended the pope’s final Mass in Krakow, his Polish hometown, in 1979 during his first visit to his homeland as pope.

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