7. Sept. 16, 1987 — Papal visit

Dodger Stadium's largest-ever crowd assembled not to watch Sandy Koufax or Fernando Valenzuela watch, but to hear the Pope speak. Sixty-three thousand people flooded into the ballpark to listen to a sermon delivered by John Paul II in both English and Spanish. The event started with the largest-ever gathering of U.S. bishops entering the stadium. A sky writer sprayed the image of a cross in the airspace above. A group of white-robed priests sitting near the altar attempted, unsuccessfully, to start a wave. During the sermon, which was interrupted more than two dozen times by applause, the Pope commended Catholic officials for their efforts to help undocumented immigrants become U.S. citizens.
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