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Most-Visited Countries by Popes

Name the countries outside of the Vatican and Italy that have been visited most frequently by the pope since 1963.
Through October 2017
Last updated: November 14, 2018
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# Visits
Country
11
Poland
11
United States
9
France
7
Mexico
7
Portugal
7
Spain
6
Brazil
6
Germany
5
Switzerland
4
Austria
# Visits
Country
4
Australia
4
Croatia
4
Cuba
4
Czech Republic
4
Israel
4
Jordan
4
Kenya
4
Malta
4
Philippines
4
Turkey
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level ∞
Oct 15, 2017
Prior to Paul VI, popes almost never left Italy. Paul VI was the first to leave Italy since 1809, and was the first to travel in an airplane.
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level 73
Oct 15, 2017
Well that's good to know, because if any popes prior to 1809 travelled by airplane, then either the Wright Brothers are time travelers or DaVinci was WAY better than we knew.
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level 77
Oct 15, 2017
One of the previous popes could have travelled by plane without leaving Italy ;).
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level 82
Oct 17, 2017
Any pope (since Feb 11, 1929) that left Vatican City had to leave Italy to go back into Vatican City. :)
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level 58
Feb 22, 2018
I hope you mean 1909, otherwise a plane flight out of the Vatican probably wouldn't even cross international borders...
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level 67
Oct 15, 2017
Interesting quiz.
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level 59
Oct 15, 2017
Anybody know the pope's number. I have some questions about Latin.
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level 66
Feb 21, 2018
Ecum Spiri- 220 I'm thinking that's the response you were looking for.
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level 39
Feb 21, 2018
VAT 69 if you dial from Scotland.
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level 73
Oct 15, 2017
Austria: 3x JPII, 1x Benedict
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level 73
Oct 15, 2017
Turkey once each: Paul 1967, JPII 1979, Benedict 2006, Francis 2014

Maybe I'll compile a list for Wikipedia when I have time.

India is planned for 4th visit next year.
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level ∞
Oct 17, 2017
Added Turkey and Austria. Thanks.
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level 69
Oct 15, 2017
The Washington Post has a good map from 2015 (shows Turkey with four) https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/local/2015-papal-visit/pope-visits/
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level 39
Oct 15, 2017
good quiz
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level 69
Oct 18, 2017
Guatemala? JPII arrived entered the country 4 times in 2 'visits', but with a day inbetween in Honduras and in Nicaragua/ElSalvador....
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level 31
Feb 21, 2018
No Canada?
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level 52
Feb 21, 2018
I'm not questioning the answers, but what have the Irish done to annoy the Pope?
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level 67
Feb 21, 2018
I suppose that Ierland's "fault" is having a much lower number of population that most countries that make the list. As I see it, the surprise it's not that Ireland is not there. The surprise is that Malta is.
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level 66
Feb 24, 2018
Perhaps because Malta is so close to Italy...perhaps they were summer vacations? :P
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level 61
Feb 21, 2018
Those Polacks love their Catholicism...
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level 65
Feb 21, 2018
Mostly they 'had' a pope for many years, and his first visits had kind of a political message to the communist regime; JP2 still is a national hero, with his face painted as murals on house walls
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level 57
Feb 21, 2018
Proud to see my country on the top of the list, hah.
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level 49
Feb 21, 2018
Hard to keep tabs on these rascals lately.
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level 66
Feb 24, 2018
Israel? Jordan?? Turkey??? Last time I checked, there were very, very few catholics in these countries, unless these visits were for political purposes?
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level 75
Feb 25, 2018
There are a few. But I think they probably went to these places because they are the location of several of the most important Christian holy sites in the world.
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