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E.J. Dionne, Jr. coverage of previous papal visits

Dionne has a history of distinguished coverage
Pope John Paul II  breaks into a long laugh at the Vatican in this Feb. 17, 2004 file photo.
Pope John Paul II  breaks into a long laugh at the Vatican in this Feb. 17, 2004 file photo. 

Samples of some of E.J. Dionne, Jr.'s coverage for the New York Times of Pope John Paul II's travels to Togo, India, and Peru:

August 10, 1985POPE VISITS PALACE IN TOGO, THEN A WOMAN'S MUD HUTTOGOVILLE, Togo, Aug. 9— Pope John Paul II, apparently disturbed by his visit to this nation's opulent presidential palace, broke his schedule today to stop at a mud hut and speak with an impoverished woman about her life. ...

February 4, 1986 - JOHN PAUL FEEDS THE DYING IN CALCUTTACALCUTTA, India, Feb. 3— Today, even Pope John Paul II was at a loss for words.

As tens of thousands of mainly Hindu, mainly destitute Calcuttans cheered outside, John Paul visited the home for the dying established by Mother Teresa in the heart of this city's slums. ...

February 4, 1985 - POPE BEGS REBELS TO END PERU WARAYACUCHO, Peru, Feb. 3— Pope John Paul II issued a dramatic plea today to guerrilla fighters in this rugged Andean mountain province to lay down their arms and ''seek the roads of dialogue and not those of violence.'' ...