El Papa Viajero, or the traveling Pope, Juan Pablo II, will be canonized in Rome on April 27th. Shortly after his election in 1978, he embarked on the first of 104 foreign trips, in which he logged more than 725,000 miles. Some of the largest crowds ever assembled greeted him, in countries that no pope had ever thought to visit. More people saw him, in person, than any other man or woman has ever been seen. He did indeed consider every person alive to be part of his flock, and himself their caring shepherd. As he said: “Aren’t I supposed to be the pope for all the world?”

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