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Pope John Paul II visits Boston

Pope John Paul II passed along Boylston Street as people lined the street to welcome him to Boston in 1979.
Pope John Paul II passed along Boylston Street as people lined the street to welcome him to Boston in 1979. (George Rizer / Globe Staff)

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.

- Leanne Burden Seidel and Lisa Tuite