POPE JOHN PAUL II LEAVES TORONTO ENROUTE TO GUATEMALA ABOARD THE `MESSENGER...

POPE JOHN PAUL II LEAVES TORONTO ENROUTE TO GUATEMALA ABOARD THE `MESSENGER OF HOPE’



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TORONTO–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–July 29, 2002–Pope John Paul II left Toronto at 11:45 a.m. today, July 29 from Lester B. Pearson International Airport after a six-day stay in Canada, which is part of a 10-day journey to Canada, Guatemala and Mexico. He is scheduled to arrive this afternoon in Guatemala at the La Aurora International Airport at 3 p.m.

While in Canada, the Pope attended a papal welcoming ceremony in Toronto before meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Ontario Premier Ernie Eves and Toronto Mayor Mel Lastman. He also attended a gathering for the World Youth Day, which was first organized by the Pope in 1985 to bring young Catholics from all parts of the world together to celebrate their faith.

The pontiff and his official committee are being transported by GRUPO TACA, leader in commercial aviation in Latin America. The Pope is being transported on board 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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Claudia Arenas Bianchi, +502-331-0375 or +502-334-7845

POPE JOHN PAUL II LEAVES TORONTO ENROUTE TO GUATEMALA ABOARD THE `MESSENGER OF HOPE’