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Behind the glossy reportage of the 1984 papal visit: wrap-up and criticism

It was one of the biggest events in Canadian history. On Sept. 9, 1984 Pope John Paul II kissed the tarmac in Quebec City to kick off the first Canadian papal visit. In the frenzied atmosphere of a rock concert, Canadians flocked for a fleeting glimpse of the Holy Father. Over the next 12 days the Pope stirred millions with his condemnation of injustice and poverty, along with his traditional stance on birth control and divorce.

The Pope's 12-day visit to Canada has ended, with some criticism of the endless coverage.

Medium: Radio
Program: As It Happens
Broadcast Date: Sept. 20, 1984
Guest(s): Susan Riley, Peter Worthington
Host: Alan Maitland
Interviewer: Elizabeth Gray
Duration: 12:17

Last updated: February 11, 2013

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