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John Paul II - the Pilgrim Pope

John Paul II - "These trips are visits to each local Church and demonstrate their place in making up the universality of the Church...

Each trip made by the Pope is 'an authentic pilgrimage to the living sanctuary of the People of God'.

.. the Pilgrim-Pope feels at home everywhere, even "among strangers". The proof of this lies in the relationship that they have with him."

During the 26 and a half years of his pontificate, John Paul II was a pilgrim to 129 different countries on 104 apostolic voyages, traveling 1,247,613 km (approx 750,000 miles). Below are listed the countries he visited in date order. They do not include the pilgrimages John Paul II made within Italy (146 visits) nor his 748 visits within the Diocese of Rome (he took his role as Bishop of Rome very much to heart) or to Castel Gandolfo.

1979

 

1 - Dominican Republic, Mexico & the Bahamas
25th January - 1st February

2 - Poland
2nd - 10th June

3 - Ireland, UNO & the United States
29th September - 8th October

4 - Turkey
28th - 30th November

1980

 

5 - Zaire (now DR Congo), Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) & Ivory Coast
2nd - 12th May

6 - France 
30th May - 2nd June

7 - Brazil
30th June - 12th July

8 - West Germany 
15th - 19th November

1981

 

9 - Pakistan, Philippines, Guam, Japan & USA
16th - 27th February

1982

 

10 - Nigeria, Benin, Gabon & Equatorial Guinea
12th - 19th February

11 - Portugal
12th - 15th May

12 - Great Britain
28th May - 2nd June

13 - Argentina 
10th - 13th June

14 - Switzerland
15th June

15 - Republic of San Marino
29th August

16 - Spain
31st October - 9th November

1983

 

17 - Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize & Haiti
2nd - 10th March

18 - Poland
16th - 23rd June

19 - Lourdes
14th - 15th August

20 - Austria 
10th - 13th September

1984

 

21 - (Alaska), Korean Republic, Papua-New Guinea, Solomon Islands & Thailand
2nd - 12th May

22 - Switzerland
12th - 17th June

23 - Canada
9th - 21st September

24 - Spain, Dominican Republic & Puerto Rico 
10th - 13th October

1985

 

25 - Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago 
26th January - 6th February

26 - Netherlands, Luxembourg & Belgium
11th - 21st May

27 - Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire (now DR Congo), Kenya & Morocco 
11th - 21st May

28 - Liechtenstein
8th September

1986

 

29 - India 
31st January - 11th February

30 - Colombia & Saint Lucia
1st - 8th July

31 - France
4th - 7th October

32 - Bangladesh, Singapore, Fiji Islands, New Zealand, Australia & Seychelles 
18th November - 1st December

1987

 

33 - Uruguay, Chile & Argentina 
31st March - 13th April

34 - West Germany 
30th April - 4th May

35 - Poland 
8th - 14th June

36 - the United States & Canada 
10th - 21st September

1988

 

37 - Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru & Paraguay 
7th - 19th May

38 - Austria
23rd - 27th June

39 - Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland & Mozambique
10th - 19th September

40 - France 
8th - 11th October

1989

 

41 - Madagascar, La Réunion, Zambia & Malawi 
28th April - 6th May

42 - Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark & Sweden
1st - 10th June

43 - World Youth Day Santiago de Compostela
19th - 21st August

44 - South Korea, Indonesia & Mauritius
6th - 16th October

1990

 

45 - Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mali, Burkina Faso & Chad 
25th January - 1st February

46 - Czechoslovakia
21st - 22nd April

47 - Mexico & the Dutch Antilles (now Curaçao)
29th September - 8th October

48 - Malta
25th - 27th May

49 - Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda & the Ivory Coast 
1st - 10th September

1991

 

50 - Portugal
10th - 13th May

51 - Poland
1st - 9th June

52 - World Youth Day Czestochowa & Hungary
13th - 20th August

53 - Brazil
12th - 21st October

1992

 

54 - Senegal, the Gambia & Guinea
19th - 26th February

55 - Angola, São Tomé & Príncipe
4th - 10th June

56 - Dominican Republic
9th - 14th October

1993

 

57 - Benin, Uganda & Sudan
3rd - 10th February

58 - Albania
25th April

59 - Spain
12th  - 17th June

60 - Jamaica, Mexico & World Youth Denver 
9th - 16th August

61 - Lithuania, Latvia & Estonia
4th - 10th September

1994

 

62 - Croatia
10th - 11th September

1995

 

63 - World Youth Day Manila, Papua New Guinea, Australia & Sri Lanka
11th - 21st January

64 - Czech RepublicPoland
20th - 22nd May

65 - Belgium
3rd - 4th June

66 - Slovakia
30th June - 3rd July

67 - Cameroon, South Africa & Kenya
14th - 20th September

68 - United States
4th - 9th October

1996

 

69 - Nicaragua, El Salvador, Guatemala & Venezuela
5th - 12th February

70 - Tunisia
14th April

71 - Slovenia
17th - 19th May

72 - Germany 
21st - 23rd June

73 - Hungary
6th - 7th September

74 - France
19th - 22nd September

1997

 

75 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 
12th - 13th April

76 - Czech Republic
25th - 27th April

77 - Lebanon
10th - 11th May

78 - Poland 
31st May - 10th June

79 - World Youth Day Paris
21st - 24th August

80 - Brazil
2nd - 6th October

1998

 

81 - Cuba
21st - 26th January

82 - Nigeria
21st - 23rd March

83 - Austria
19th - 21st June

84 - Croatia
2nd - 4th October

1999

 

85 - Mexico & the United States
22nd - 27th January

86 - Romania
7th - 9th May

87 - Poland
5th - 7th June

88 - Slovenia 
19th September

89 - India & Georgia
5th - 9th November

Jubilee Year 2000

 

90 - Egypt - Jubilee Pilgrimage to Mount Sinai
24th - 26th February

91 - Israel & Palestine - Jubilee Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
20th - 26th March

92 - Fatima
12th - 13th May, Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

2001

 

93 - Greece, Syria & Malta - Jubilee Pilgrimage in the footsteps of Saint Paul
4th - 9th May

94 - Ukraine
23rd - 27th June

95 - Kazakhstan & Armenia
22nd - 27th September

2002

 

96 - Azerbaijan & Bulgaria
23rd - 26th May

97 - World Youth Day Toronto, Guatemala & Mexico
23rd July - 2nd August

98 - Poland
16th - 19th August

2003

 

99 - Spain
3rd - 4th May

100 - Croatia
5th - 9th June

101 - Bosnia-Herzegovina 
22nd June

102 - Slovakia
11th - 14th September

2004

 

103 - Switzerland
5th - 6th June

104 - Lourdes
14th - 15th August, the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

John Paul II:

"These trips are visits to each local Church and demonstrate their place in making up the universality of the Church. As I have already asserted before, each trip made by the Pope is "an authentic pilgrimage to the living sanctuary of the People of God"

With this view, the Pope travels, sustained, as Peter, by the prayer of the entire Church, to proclaim the Gospel, to "confirm his brothers in faith", to console the Church, to encounter man. These are travels of faith, of prayer, which are focused around the meditation and the proclamation of the Word of God, the Eucharistic celebration, the invocation of Mary. Also, they are the occasions for itinerant catechesis, of evangelical proclamation in the spreading, at all latitudes, of the Gospel and of the Apostolic Magisterium spread to all the spheres of the world today ..

This and this alone is the goal of the Pilgrim-Pope even though many attribute different reasons for this. The role of the shepherds is to "assemble the People of God"according to the different possibilities and dimensions. The Church recognises herself in this "assembly" and, at the same time, realises herself. Among the different methods of realising Vatican II, this seems to be fundamental and of particular importance. This is the apostolic method: this is Peter's method and even more so Paul's method. How can one not be touched when reading the travels of the Apostle of the Gentiles in the way the Acts propose them to us in such a vivacious way? How can we avoid being moved by such courage, by this challenge regarding all obstacles, all difficulties? The technical means offered b our era facilitate today, this method and, in a certain sense, "oblige" us to follow it. John XXIII already presented this method, but Paul VI brought it to its full realization. Certainly John Paul I would have continued it ... 

... One can say that after Vatican Council II .. the Pilgrim-Pope feels at home everywhere, even "among strangers". The proof of this lies in the relationship that they have with him ...

... Everywhere, in a free way with relationship to tradition and religious appurtenance, the Pope carries the deep consciousness that God wishes that "all be saved and achieve the knowledge of the truth"; the consciousness of the redeeming work of Christ that is realized by His blood being shed for all men, without distinguishing between believers and non-believers. The Pope also carries with him the consciousness of the universal brotherhood of all men, in whose name they must feel united around the vast and difficult problems of the entire human family: peace, liberty, justice, hunger, culture and man other problems .."

28th June 1980 - speech to the Roman Curia, which you can also read in ItalianPortuguese & Spanish.