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WGN Channel 9 - Pope John Paul II Comes to Chicago (Promo, 1979)

Here's a promo for an upcoming one-hour special, Pope John Paul II Comes to Chicago (a.k.a. Pope John Paul II: The Visitor We Won't Forget, a.k.a. A Remembrance - Pope John Paul II Visit to Chicago), for Sunday, December 23rd at 8pm on WGN Channel 9.

Voiceover by John Drury, who hosted this special.

This aired on local Chicago TV on Friday, December 21st 1979 shortly before 9am.

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When exactly in 1979 did he visit? I remember watching some sort of motorcade/parade with him on TV. People were throwing bouquets of flowers and I remember that he passed the Jefferson Park "Terminal".
Comment posted by Smctopia on Saturday, December 24th 2011 at 11:34pm.

The Pope, I.I.N.M., was on a general tour of the U.S.; he'd stopped over in Chicago on October 5th where he visited the Holy Name Cathedral. On October 2nd and 3rd, he had been in New York where he visited Madison Square Garden, Yankee and Shea Stadiums, and St. Patrick's Cathedral. During his tour, he also met with President Carter.
Comment posted by W.B. on Sunday, December 25th 2011 at 8:15am.

A friend of mine was in the crowd just south of the Jefferson Park transit terminal. He said the crowd was so thick you literally could not move.
Comment posted by SuperCFL on Monday, December 26th 2011 at 12:13am.

I believe he was in Chicago during the Fall of that year.
Comment posted by Loyal32Fan on Monday, December 26th 2011 at 2:07pm.

I was working third shift and was on the 47th Street bus coming from Pulaski when we were stopped at California to let his motorcade pass through. All the Polish businesses on 47th had decorated their display windows in honor of his coming to Chicago, including a women's corset shop. I swear, they had the portrait of him surrounded by packages from women's brassieres, and they had gone so far as to make it look as though the models on the packages were gazing at him. I think it was about the funniest thing I had seen.
Comment posted by HUdson 3-2700 on Monday, December 26th 2011 at 8:20pm.

I was thinking about this visit today after hearing all about Pope Benedict and his resigning. I remember when Pope John Paul 2 came and how excited so many people were. It really was something exciting that he came because it so far hasn't happened again. Contrary to what many would believe he is exalted as saintly and many people think he was the greatest Pope ever. I wish I had met him along with Cardinal Bernardin (who I think was perhaps the greatest Cardinal Chicago has ever had). The closest I have come to meeting powerful religious people was meeting the Bishop Conlon of the Joliet Diocese after he presided over the confirmation at church and him telling me how terrific I sounded in the choir (I sing in the choir and teach religious education).
Comment posted by LaPrincess on Thursday, February 28th 2013 at 1:27am.

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