As pope, St. John Paul II made 104 trips outside Italy — far more than the nine made by Pope Paul VI whose travels, then exceedingly rare for a pontiff, had earned the nickname the “pilgrim pope.”
And before becoming Pope John Paul II in 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla visited the United States twice — in 1969 (12 days, 12 cities) and 1976 (six weeks, 13 cities, including Los Angeles and attending the 41st International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia).
As pope, John Paul included the U.S. on these trips:
—Ireland, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Des Moines, Chicago and Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 1979.
—Philippines, Guam and Japan, with stopovers in Pakistan and Anchorage, Feb. 16-27, 1981.
—South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Thailand, a stopover in Fairbanks, May 2-12, 1984.
—Miami, Columbia, New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Monterey, San Francisco. Detroit and Fort Simpson, Canada, Sept. 10-20, 1987.
—Jamaica, Mexico and Denver (World Youth Day), Aug. 9-16, 1993.
—New York, Newark and Baltimore, Oct. 4-8, 1995.
—Mexico and St. Louis, Jan. 22-27, 1999.
Catholic News Service contributed to this story.