1988 – Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II
Papal Visit of Pope John Paul II
10-13 September 1988
In 1988, Pope John Paul II made his fourth visit to Africa and his 39th apostolic journey. The Pope made a 10-day tour that was scheduled to touch down in every country that bordered South Africa while pointedly avoiding the country itself.
His first stop was Zimbabwe. On the 10 September he visited Harare where he met with followers at the Borrowdale Racecourse. On the 12 September he visited Bulawayo. While in Zimbabwe he endorsed economic sanctions against the Pretoria Government when a bill to impose them was facing strong Republican opposition in the United States Congress.
He left on 13 Sept where he travelled to Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, with a detour through South Africa.