35th Anniversary – St. Paul John Paul II visits San Antonio, TX

The Archdiocese of San Antonio welcomed St. Pope John Paul II to the city for a historic 22-hour visit on this day – September 13 — 35 years ago. The Holy Father began his time here in 1987 with an outdoor Mass for more than 350,000 people in Westover Hills, at a site now occupied by John Paul Stevens High School. That liturgy still ranks as the largest gathering of people in the history of Texas. Later, the pope prayed with those in formation for religious life at San Fernando Cathedral, spoke to Catholic Charities personnel at Municipal Auditorium, addressed the Hispanic community at Guadalupe Plaza, and greeted Polish parishioners on the campus of Assumption Seminary. The popemobile also paraded downtown with the pontiff and Archbishop Patrick Flores, with many iconic photos of the Alamo in the background.

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