JUBILANT GUATEMALAN NATION GREETS POPE JOHN PAUL II AND ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’

JUBILANT GUATEMALAN NATION GREETS POPE JOHN PAUL II AND ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’



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GUATEMALA CITY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 30, 2002–Pope John Paul II was greeted by a jubilant Guatemalan nation at La Aurora International Airport today, July 29 at 2:19 p.m. and 12 seconds where he was also welcomed by Central American presidents at Guatemala City’s airport.

The Pope was transported from Toronto by GRUPO TACA, leader in commercial aviation in Latin America. His Holiness will celebrate Mass on Tuesday, July 30 to canonize Pedro de San Jose de Betancurt whose exemplary life on behalf of the needy is highly appreciated by Guatemalan Catholics, at a Guatemala City racetrack. The visits to Guatemala and Mexico City are being viewed as examples of John Paul’s strong interest in Latin America.

Later in the day, the Pope will depart to Mexico City for special services on Wednesday and Thursday. During his visit to Guatemala and Mexico City, John Paul and his special committee are traveling aboard the “Messenger of Hope,” an Airbus-320 provided by GRUPO TACA.

Please access GRUPO TACA’s News Service at http://news.taca.com for additional information and/or photographs regarding Pope John Paul II’s visit to the Americas and the service the airline is providing to His Holiness, the ecclesiastical committee and the members of the press corps that are traveling with him.

GRUPO TACA’s customers enjoy the benefits of flying in the youngest fleet of aircraft in Latin America. GRUPO TACA’s Airbus A319 and A320 aircraft allow it to transport passengers in comfort and efficiently to 36 destinations in 19 countries in North, Central and South America and the Caribbean. Moreover, GRUPO TACA’s regional airlines serve 60 destinations within the Central American region.

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JUBILANT GUATEMALAN NATION GREETS POPE JOHN PAUL II AND ‘MESSENGER OF HOPE’