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Pope John Paul II visits Boston

Pope John Paul II

George Rizer / Globe Staff

Pope John Paul II passed along Boylston Street as people lined the street to welcome him to Boston in 1979.

Oct. 1, 1979 : Pope John Paul II passed people lined up on Boylston Street in a black limousine with a sunroof, through which he stood for his welcoming procession through the city. Wearing a red hat as protection against the sporadic rainfall, the pope smiled broadly and waved continuously at the thousands lining the streets.

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