I kiss the soil as if I placed a kiss on the hands of a mother, for the homeland is our earthly mother. I consider it my duty to be with my compatriots in this sublime and difficult moment.
Pope Saint John Paul II (18 May 1920 – 2 April 2005), was Pope from 1978 to 2005. He is called by some Catholics Saint John Paul the Great. He was one of the most travelled world leaders in history, visiting 129 countries during his pontificate.
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