M987.217.79 | "Pope Visits Us"

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"Pope Visits Us"
Aislin (alias Terry Mosher)
September 11, 1987, 20th century
Ink, felt pen and collage on paper
28 x 30.9 cm
Gift of Mr. Terry Mosher
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Despite Pope John Paul II's great popularity, his conservative views on issues such as contraception, abortion or the place of women in the Church were far from garnering unanimous support among North Americans, even Roman Catholics.

  • What

    As soon as he became pope in 1978, John Paul II began travelling extensively all over the world. His second visit to Canada gave hundreds of thousands of Catholics an opportunity to get a close look at this charismatic pope capable of drawing large crowds.

  • Where

    During his 1987 North American tour, John Paul II visited several U.S. cities as well as Edmonton and Fort Simpson in Canada.

  • When

    His trip lasted from September 10 to 21, 1987.

  • Who

    The first Polish pope in history, John Paul II served as pontiff from 1978 until his death in 2005.