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he 20th Anniversary of the visit of Pope John Paul II to San Antonio, (September 13-14, 1987) was observed at the Annunciation of the BVM church in September with the thanksgiving Mass presided by Archbishop Jose H. Gomez and concelebrated by a number of religious and priests of the Archdiocese.  Then, a special program dedicated to the Pope’s visit was held in the Center where Msgr. Lawrence Stubben and other members of the coordinating team shared their memories of that historical visit.  In his closing remarks, Archbishop Gomez put the Pope’s life in beautiful perspective when he  said: “His life spanned the biggest of tragedies and greatest of accomplishments of the modern world.  He lived through the destruction of his nation, Nazi and Soviet mass murder, global nuclear stalemate, and yet he led millions across the world to see in the human person the image of God’s beauty and love. He renewed the Church and never wavered in his deep love and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.”