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Pope John Paul II was most widely traveled pontiff by far

By Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- His 104 trips outside Italy made Pope John Paul II by far the most widely traveled pope in history.

The previous record holder, Pope Paul VI, earned the nickname the "pilgrim pope" -- but he made only nine foreign trips in a 15-year papacy.

Here is a complete list of Pope John Paul's trips outside Italy:

-- Dominican Republic and Mexico, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 1979, with a stopover in the Bahamas.
-- Poland, June 2-10, 1979.
-- Ireland and United States, Sept. 29-Oct. 7, 1979.
-- Turkey, Nov. 28-30, 1979.
-- Zaire (now Congo), (Republic of) Congo, Kenya, Ghana, Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) and Ivory Coast, May 2-12, 1980.
-- France, May 30-June 2, 1980.
-- Brazil, June 30-July 12, 1980.
-- West Germany, Nov. 15-19, 1980.
-- Philippines, Guam and Japan, Feb. 16-27, 1981, with stopovers in Pakistan and United States.
-- Nigeria, Benin, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, Feb. 12-19, 1982.
-- Portugal, May 12-15, 1982.
-- Great Britain, May 28-June 2, 1982.
-- Argentina, June 11-12, 1982, with a stopover in Brazil.
-- Switzerland, June 15, 1982.
-- San Marino, Aug. 29, 1982.
-- Spain, Oct. 31-Nov. 9, 1982.
-- Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and Haiti, March 2-10, 1983, with a stopover in Portugal.
-- Poland, June 16-23, 1983.
-- France, Aug. 14-15, 1983.
-- Austria, Sept. 10-13, 1983.
-- South Korea, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Thailand, May 2-12, 1984, with a stopover in United States.
-- Switzerland, June 12-17, 1984.
-- Canada, Sept. 9-20, 1984.
-- Spain, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico, Oct. 10-12, 1984.
-- Venezuela, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Jan. 26-Feb. 6, 1985.
-- Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, May 11-21, 1985.
-- Togo, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Zaire, Kenya and Morocco, Aug. 8-19, 1985.
-- Liechtenstein, Sept. 8, 1985.
-- India, Feb. 1-10, 1986.
-- Colombia, July 1-7, 1986, with a stopover in St. Lucia.
-- France, Oct. 4-7, 1986.
-- Australia, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Fiji, Singapore and Seychelles, Nov. 19-Dec. 1, 1986.
-- Uruguay, Chile and Argentina, March 31-April 13, 1987.
-- West Germany, April 30-May 4, 1987.
-- Poland, June 8-14, 1987.
-- United States and Canada, Sept. 10-20, 1987.
-- Uruguay, Bolivia, Peru and Paraguay, May 7-18, 1988.
-- Austria, June 23-27, 1988.
-- Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Mozambique, Sept. 10-19, 1988, with a detour through South Africa.
-- France, Oct. 8-11, 1988.
-- Madagascar, Reunion, Zambia and Malawi, April 28-May 6, 1989.
-- Norway, Iceland, Finland, Denmark and Sweden, June 1-10, 1989.
-- Spain, Aug. 19-21, 1989.
-- South Korea, Indonesia, East Timor and Mauritius, Oct. 6-16, 1989.
-- Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mali and Burkina Faso, Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 1990.
-- Czechoslovakia, April 21-22, 1990.
-- Mexico and Curacao, May 6-13, 1990.
-- Malta, May 25-27, 1990.
-- Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Ivory Coast, Sept. 1-10, 1990.
-- Portugal, May 10-13, 1991.
-- Poland, June 1-9, 1991.
-- Poland and Hungary, Aug. 13-20, 1991.
-- Brazil, Oct. 12-20, 1991.
-- Senegal, Gambia and Guinea, Feb. 19-26, 1992.
-- Angola and Sao Tome and Principe, June 4-10, 1992.
-- Dominican Republic, Oct. 9-14, 1992.
-- Benin, Uganda and Sudan, Feb. 3-10, 1993.
-- Albania, April 25, 1993.
-- Spain, June 12-17, 1993.
-- Jamaica, Mexico and United States, Aug. 9-16, 1993.
-- Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, Sept. 4-10, 1993.
-- Croatia, Sept. 10-11, 1994.
-- Philippines, Australia, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka, Jan. 12-21, 1995.
-- Czech Republic and Poland, May 20-22, 1995.
-- Belgium, June 3-4, 1995.
-- Slovakia, June 30-July 3, 1995.
-- Cameroon, South Africa and Kenya, Sept. 14-20, 1995.
-- United States, Oct. 4-8, 1995.
-- Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Venezuela, Feb. 5-11, 1996.
-- Tunisia, April 14, 1996.
-- Slovenia, May 17-19, 1996.
-- Germany, June 21-23, 1996.
-- Hungary, Sept. 6-7, 1996.
-- France, Sept. 19-22, 1996.
-- Bosnia-Herzegovina, April 12-13, 1997.
-- Czech Republic, April 25-27, 1997.
-- Lebanon, May 10-11, 1997.
-- Poland, May 31-June 10, 1997.
-- France, Aug. 21-24, 1997.
-- Brazil, Oct. 2-5, 1997.
-- Cuba, Jan. 21-25, 1998.
-- Nigeria, March 21-23, 1998.
-- Austria, June 19-21, 1998.
-- Croatia, Oct. 2-4, 1998.
-- Mexico and United States, Jan. 22-27, 1999.
-- Romania, May 7-9, 1999.
-- Poland, June 5-17, 1999.
-- Slovenia, Sept. 19, 1999.
-- India and Georgia, Nov. 5-9, 1999.
-- Egypt, Feb. 24-26, 2000.
-- Jordan, Israel and Palestinian territories, March 20-26, 2000.
-- Portugal, May 12-13, 2000.
-- Greece, Syria and Malta, May 4-9, 2001.
-- Ukraine, June 23-27, 2001.
-- Kazakstan, Armenia, Sept. 22-27, 2001.
-- Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, May 22-26, 2002.
-- Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, July 23-Aug. 2, 2002.
-- Poland, Aug. 16-19, 2002.
-- Spain, May 3-4, 2003.
-- Croatia, June 5-9, 2003.
-- Bosnia-Herzegovina, June 22, 2003.
-- Slovakia, Sept. 11-14, 2003.
-- Switzerland, June 5-6, 2004.
-- France, Aug. 14-15, 2004.

Before becoming pope in 1978, Cardinal Karol Wojtyla visited the United States twice. In 1969 he traveled to 12 cities in 12 days. He spent six weeks in the United States in 1976, visiting 13 cities, lecturing at universities and attending the 41st International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia.

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