In Pope John Paul II's first of seven trips to the United States in October 1979, he expressed serious disagreements with the West, including aspects of American capitalism. Here he speaks with President Carter at the White House in Washington, D.C., Oct. 6.
Carter hosted the first White House visit by a pope. Pope John Paul II was greeted at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington by Vice President Walter Mondale. His stay at the White House included 10,000 guests, split between separate arrival and departure ceremonies on the North and South Lawns.