Collection on Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States
Scope and Contents
The Collection on Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States describes and shows the build up, events, and aftermath of the Pope's visit. The contents center around Pope John Paul II's visit to Newark's Sacred Heart Cathedral and Giants Stadium on October 4, 1995. Additionally, this collection contains material related to the Pope's past visits to the United States as well as memorabilia and artifacts. These events are exhibited through newspaper clippings, photographs, itineraries, background information on the Pope, and videos of the Papal masses at Giants Stadium and Sacred Heart Cathedral. Background information on the Pope is provided as are task force documents, the Pope's schedule and the entire planning that went into this event in history. Artifacts include t-shirts, caps, and a figure of the Pope.
- 1979-1996 (bulk 1995)
- Majority of material found in 1995 - 1995
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
All materials available in this collection (unless otherwise noted) are the property of the Monsignor William Noé Field Archives & Special Collections Center and Seton Hall University, which reserves the right to limit access to or reproduction of these materials. Reproduction of materials or content is subject to United States copyright restrictions and may be subject to federal or state privacy regulations. Permission to publish exact reproductions must be obtained from the Director of the Archives and Special Collections Center.
Biographical / Historical
Pope John Paul II was elected to the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 1978. At 58, he was the youngest pope in more than one hundred years, and was the first non-Italian pope since 1523. Born Karol Józef Wojty?a on 18 May 1920 in Wadowice, Poland, he was ordained a priest on 1 November 1946. As Auxiliary Bishop of Kraków, Bishop Wojtyla participated in the Second Vatican Council that began in 1962. He participated in the Synod of Bishops, and in 1964 Pope Paul VI appointed him Archbishop of Kraków, then promoted him to the Sacred College of Cardinals in 1967. Cardinal Wojtyla participated in the papal enclave that elected Pope John Paul I, who died after only 33 days into his papal reign, then was elected pope himself shortly after.
Pope John Paul II was considered conservative on issues of doctrine, including the ordination of women, birth control, and same-sex marriage, and progressive in other areas, allowing the validity of the theory of evolution, opposing apartheid in South Africa, and affirming the basic human dignity and rights of homosexual people. He was an outspoken opponent of the war in Iraq begun in 2003 by the United States, and is believed to have had a significant role in the collapse of dictatorships in South America and the collapse of Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, particularly in Poland. Pope John Paul II made strong efforts to improve relations between the Roman Catholic Church and other religions, and traveled extensively to meet political and religious leaders around the world.
Several of Pope John Paul II's visits abroad were to the United States, in 1979, 1987, 1993, 1995, and 1997, and he was the first pope to visit the White House in 1979. His visit in 1979 included New York City, with stops at the United Nations, Yankee Stadium, and Madison Square Garden.
In 1995, Pope John Paul II visited Newark, NJ, and East Rutherford, NJ, as well as New York and Baltimore. While in New Jersey, he celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark, celebrated Mass at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, and met with President Bill Clinton at the residence of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.
After a respiratory ailment, Pope John Paul II died 2 April 2005, in Vatican City.
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Pope John Paul II was elected to the papacy of the Roman Catholic Church in October of 1978. In 1995, Pope John Paul II visited Newark, NJ, and East Rutherford, NJ, as well as New York and Baltimore. While in New Jersey, he celebrated Mass at Sacred Heart Cathedral Basilica in Newark. The Collection on Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States describes and shows the build up, events, and aftermath of the Pope's visit. The bulk of the material covers Pope John Paul II's visit to Newark on October 4, 1995, but additional material is included on the Pope's trip to Baltimore on October 8, 1995 and past trips to the United States.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Shelf find presumed to be collected by the Archives and Special Collections Center and/or the Archdiocese of Newark. Original accession number is FRS.07.10.25 and previous collection number was ADN 15.1
Collection was partially processed by the Seton Hall Archives and Special Collections Center in October 2007. Basic finding aid created as part of Overhaul Project survey by Jacqui Bowen and Tracy M. Jackson, 2013.
- Collection on Pope John Paul II's visits to the United States, 1979-1996 (bulk 1995)
- Jacqui Bowen and Tracy M. Jackson
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