Statistics on John Paul II’s Travels

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 5, 2003 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II’s latest trip to Croatia, his 100th outside Italy, adds another chapter to his long travel list.

The Pope has visited a total of 129 countries and 614 localities (cities and towns). He has landed in different countries on 201 occasions, as in many cases he has visited countries several times.

The country he has visited the most is Poland (8 times), followed by the United States (7 times), France (6), Mexico and Spain (5), Brazil and Portugal (4), Austria, Canada, Ivory Coast, Germany, Guatemala, Kenya, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic and Switzerland (3).

In total, he has traveled 1,160,113 kilometers (719,270 miles), more than three times the distance between Earth and the moon. His longest trip was No. 32, to the Far East and Oceania. Between November and December 1986, he traveled from Bangladesh to the Seychelles, visiting Singapore, Fiji, New Zealand and Australia.

His shortest trip, a total of 5 hours, was to the Republic of San Marino.

When John Paul II returns from Croatia on Monday, he will have spent 575 days, out of the total of 8,972 days of his pontificate, on international trips.

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