It’s in the triple digits.
History’s most well-traveled pope visited a total of 129 countries during his twenty-six-year pontificate.
Of these, the top most-visited country was his native Poland, with nine visits (also where he literally helped topple Communism); then France, with eight visits; and our own United States coming in third place, with seven.
Some folks on the internet actually put together a fun map of all the places he went. The different shades of blue represent the number of times he visited each place:
The darkest blue means 9+ trips; the lightest blue, 1 trip; each shade in between represents a digit, with grey representing zero.
This translates to around 721,000 miles of travel. That’s like circumnavigating the earth 29 times!
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