"Blessed John Paul II, the pilgrim of peace!"

"United States, I come to you with sentiments of friendship, reverence, and esteem." Bl. John Paul II
Final touches to a banner on Biscayne Boulevard
that welcomed Pope John Paul II to Miami
President Reagan greets Pope John Paul II upon
his arrival at Miami International Airport
Bl. John Paul II at his arrival
at Miami International Airport
Long live the Pope!, His Excellency Edward A. McCarthy, the Archbishop of Miami in 1987, shouted in Spanish.
"I come as a pilgrim; a pilgrim in the cause of justice and peace and human solidarity."
Bl. John Paul II
"Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, all of you assembled here today in southern Florida and all the people of this land, you the great nation of the United States: give glory to God together with me." Bl. John Paul II
Pope John Paul II greets
faithful in St. Mary's Cathedral
"It is a great joy for me to begin my pastoral visit
here in Miami, in this Cathedral of Saint Mary.
This Church represents a long history of faith and
dedicated Christian life
..." Bl. John Paul II

"I want to underscore for everyone that all the people, all the countries of Central America, are in my heart as is this archipelago. I am praying each day for each one of your intentions."
Bl. John Paul II

Pope John Paul II ascends to the altar to begin the celebration of Holy Mass

Behind the altar, the clergy receives the information from meteorological services and from city authorities that the Holy Mass must be suspended due to bad weather. The Holy Father remained in silence, while the choir sang "Alleluia." The crowd remained standing under the pouring rain shouting, "No, no!"
Finally the Holy Father retired to the sacristy behind the altar. There, together with the Cardinals and Bishops, he finished Holy Mass. A group of faithful stayed close to the altar, crying, praying, and calling him...Almost an hour later, the heavy rain had stopped and the Pope came out to bless them.

See the homily of Pope John Paul II during the Mass in Tamiami Park

Homily of Archbishop Thomas Wenski at Mass Celebrating 25th Anniversary of Papal Visit - September 9, 2012


Serenade to John Paul II on September 11, 1987 (Spanish) Mass in the container home


Source: Miami Herald
Photos: Recompiled by SCTJM