September 23, 1996 in Nation/World

Pope Makes Strong Showing

Compiled From Wire Services

Winding up a trip that was a test of his health and his popular appeal, Pope John Paul II showed on Sunday that he still has the stamina to meet the demands of his flock.

Before a crowd of more than 200,000 people, the pope celebrated an open-air Mass commemorating the 1,500th anniversary of the baptism of Clovis, a 5th-century Frankish king.

The pope’s trip to France and his plan to commemorate Clovis’ baptism prompted a monthlong debate about the role of the Catholic Church in French history and society.

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