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Papal Visit - 1984

The Pope arrived in St. John's at 12:30 pm on Sept 12, 1984, his first visit to the province and a milestone in the history of Catholicism in Newfoundland. After meeting with a number of church officials and dignitaries he took time to meet with the immense number of parishioners who showed up to greet him.

It was raining when the Pope arrived at Quidi Vidi Lake for mass - though this did not deter the estimated 80,000 people that came to participate. With over 100 priests, 1000 communion ministers, and a choir and 60 piece orchestra, this mass was the largest ever celebrated in Newfoundland.

Later that day, the Pope gave an address to the educators of the Roman Catholic Schools in the province at the Basilica Cathedral.