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1979

On October 4, 1979, Saint John Paul II visited Iowa and conducted an outdoor mass at Living History Farms. An estimated 340,000 pilgrims gathered on the grounds to hear the Saint’s homily on land stewardship and the farmers’ vocation. Exits from the state highways and Interstate 35/80 were closed and pilgrims walked miles just for the chance to gather and celebrate mass with Saint John Paul II.