POPE JOHN PAUL II IN KAZAKHSTAN
 

History of Catholic Church in Kazakhstan - LOR
L'Osservatore Romano sketches the long history of the Catholic Church in Kazakhstan, from the 4th century, when a bishop's see already existed there, to the present.

Arrival in Astana - Pope John Paul II
At the Astana International Airport, on his arrival in Kazakhstan 22 September 2001, the Pope blessed the ground and then responded to the welcome of the President with this address in English.

Homily at Astana, Kazakhstan - Pope John Paul II
On 23 September 2001, in the capital of Kazakhstan, Astana, on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father celebrated Mass and gave the homily. In his homily he reminded Catholics that "Christians are both inhabitants of this world and citizens of the Kingdom of heaven."

Angelus in Kazakhstan - Pope John Paul II
On Sunday, 23 September 2001, at the end of the Mass on the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father prayed the Angelus with the people gathered for the Mass. He greeted the people from various countries. Then he made an appeal for peace in the world.

Address at Apostolic Nunciature, Astana - Pope John Paul II
In Astana on Sunday, 23 September 2001, after the Mass at the Square of the Motherland, the Holy Father gave this address at the Apostolic Nunciature to the Ordinaries of Central Asia, the Nuncio and the Papal Entourage. He spoke to them about the difficulties of their task of starting again.

Mass in the Cathedral, Astana - Pope John Paul II
On 24 September 2001, in the cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Astana, the Holy Father celebrated Mass with the priests, religious and seminarians of Kazakhstan, and delivered the homily in which he asked those who serve the Church to proclaim the love of Christ in Central Asia with the power of witness and the gentleness of dialogue.

Visit to the President of Kazakhstan - Pope John Paul II
On his visit to the President of the Republic of Kazkhstan, 23 September 2001, the Holy Father observed that "every nation has the right to its sovereignty."

Meeting With Youth of Kazakhstan - Pope John Paul II
On Sunday, 23 September 2001, in the auditorium of the Eurasia University in Astana, the Holy Father met with 640 young people whom he mandated to build a culture of unity and accord between peoples, and urged to seek an encounter with Jesus of Nazareth.

Address at Palace of Congress, Astana - Pope John Paul II
In his last public appearance, 24 September 2001, at the Palace of Congresses in Astana, the Holy Father addressed representatives from the world of culture, art and science. He
condemned terrorism and expressed the Church's respect for Islam. 

Departure From Astana - Pope John Paul II
The Holy Father delivered his farewell address, 25 September 2001, at the International Airport in Astana, where he expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and success of his visit, and urged the people to be "committed to respect for life".


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