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Sep. 15, 1987: Police on horseback and Secret Service agents flank the pope as he rolls past a crowd in Chinatown. Published in the Sep. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bob Carey / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before Pope John Paul II celebrates Mass. This photo was published in the Sept. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Pope John Paul II meets worshipers at Memorial Coliseum. This photo was published in the Sept. 20, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Fontanini / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 16, 1987: A bishop snaps a picture at the Dodger Stadium Mass. This photo was published in the Sept. 17, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Franciscan sisters from San Fernando wait downtown for Pope John Paul II to pass by. This photo was published in the Sept. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Pope John Paul II prays at St. Vibiana's Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. Archbishop Roger Mahony is in the background. This photo was published in the Sept. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Michael Edwards / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Pope John Paul II with young Catholics at Universal Amphitheater. This photo was published in the Sept. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Anacleto Rapping / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 15, 1987: Two women wear miters made of newspaper as they wait for the pope on Main Street in Los Angeles. This photo was published in the Sept. 16, 1987, Los Angeles Times

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Steve Dykes / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 16, 1987: Pope John Paul II, at the Mission San Fernando, wears a stole made especially for the visit. This photo was published in the Sept. 17, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times

Sept. 16, 1987: Pope John Paul II at Dodger Stadium before Mass. This photo was published in the Sept. 17, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Thomas Kelsey / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 16, 1987: Visitors from Mexico wait for a glimpse of Pope John Paul II outside Mission San Fernando. This photo was published in the Sept. 17, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Vitti / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 10, 1987: Pope John Paul II chats with President Reagan in Miami while on his U.S. tour. This photo was published in the Sept. 20, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Bernie Boston / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 10, 1987: Pope John Paul II talks with reporters on his flight from Rome to Miami. This photo was published in the Sept. 11, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Joe Kennedy / Los Angeles Times

Sept. 11, 1987: A crowd greets Pope John Paul II at an outdoor Mass in Miami. This photo was published in the Sept. 13, 1987, Los Angeles Times.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Patrick Downs / Los Angeles Times

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In 1987, thousands greet Pope John Paul II

On Sept. 15 and 16, 1987, Pope John Paul II visited Los Angeles. Thousands attended events at Dodger Stadium, Memorial Coliseum, St. Vibiana’s Cathedral and Universal Amphitheater.

A short article in the Sept. 15, 2006, Los Angeles Times took a look back at the visit:

Sept. 15, 1987: Hundreds of thousands of people filled Los Angeles streets to greet Pope John Paul II on his 10-day U.S. tour.

“Their progress marked by the rippling flights of yellow and white balloons, the Popemobile and its beaming, white-robed passenger sailed through seven miles of Los Angeles’ streets … flanked all the way — through high-tech and low-income vistas — by singing, cheering thousands of faithful,” The Times said.

“From his arrival, when drivers … pulled over to snap pictures of Pope John Paul II’s motorcade speeding toward the parade start point, to the moment he descended from the Popemobile at St. Vibiana’s Cathedral 40 minutes later with a final wave, the pope was greeted with fond respect and near-tearful reverence. The throngs ranged from 20 joyous Franciscan sisters who won the convent lottery to attend, to a teenage girl holding up a white cloth reading, ‘The Pope Is Cool.’ “

Los Angeles Times photographers traveled with Pope John Paul II during his 1987 trip. From Sept. 10 to 21 he visited Miami; Columbia, S.C.; New Orleans; San Antonio; Phoenix; Los Angeles; Monterey; San Francisco; and Detroit. He also stopped in Fort Simpson in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

For more, check out this Sep. 17, 2015 story by Patt Morrison: When his holiness was in Holywood: A look back at Pope John Paul II’s 1987 visit.

scott.harrison@latimes.com

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