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Pope visited Iowa in 1979

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URBANDALE (KWWL) -- "Did you really write a letter to the Pope? Well, yes I did," said farmer Joe Hays 31 years ago.

Pope John Paul II visited Iowa Oct. 4, 1979.  The pontiff visited Living History Farms in Urbandale.

Earlier that year, in his first year as Pope, he had announced he was coming to the U.S. A letter from Joe Hays in Truro, Iowa was his reason for coming to Iowa. In his speech to more than 300,000 people in attendance, the Pope outlined, in slow English, his concerns and respect for those who live in rural areas.

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