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CNN 20: Media Coverage of the PopeAired December 13, 2000 - 3:27 p.m. ET
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JIM BITTERMANN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Mexico was a place where you could see the Catholic Church's power. The crowds in the street were overwhelming. The greeting was extremely warm. Mexican television had covered it from beginning to end, almost as a fiesta. With the pope and the holy man, it was -- I mean, it was truly a privilege being there.
The very moving moment on that trip was, as he approached the Wailing Wall on a Sunday morning with a slip of paper in his hand with an apology, it was just an unbelievable moment of television history, to see his trembling hand reach toward the Wailing Wall, the head of the Catholic Church. The pope had been preparing and looking forward to this trip for a long time. So it was really inspiring being there. After the fall of communism, the papal trips to Poland tended to be more sentimental.
This trip to Poland was like the sixth or seventh time he had been back. What really took my breath was to visit his hometown. This is one where, you know, you really -- if you weren't a believer in the Holy Ghost before, visiting this small town and thinking that this town had produced a man such as the pope would certainly bring you around to believing in miracles.
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