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John Paul II

Analysis: Pope Francis' visit brings comparisons to that of John Paul II

PHILADELPHIA _ As a lifelong member of the cathedral in the heart of this city, Carol Tamburino has great memories of the last time a new pope came here and won the hearts of multitudes in a whirlwind tour of America.tmpplchld It was 1979, and the vigorous young Pope John Paul II was defining the new role of the globetrotting pope with open-air Masses and other appearances, drawing huge throngs. Widely admired as a charismatic and devout leader, he also had wider folk-hero status as the first Polish pope and as a stalwart Cold Warrior.tmpplchld "He was a favorite pope of mine," Tamburino said Saturday after attending the Mass celebrated by Pope Francis at the Cathedral...