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2 The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana September 18, 1987 To see the pope in New Orleans: Pa al Mass Thrill makes heat and rain all worthwhile No doubt Ken Meyer is familiar with Murphy's Law -- "If anything can go wrong, invariably it will." As organizer of the Lifestyle Tours bus trip to New Orleans for Pope John Paul II's visit, he agonized for months about everything running smoothly. Meyer said he worried in advance about the crowds, heat and possibility of rain. What actually occurred was "far worse than my wildest imaginations," he said. The group of 56 adults from the Diocese of Evansville who journeyed with him endured extreme heat and pouring rain at the papal Mass site for five hours, while waiting for the pontiff to arrive. After the two-hour Mass, it took the calm the crowd down. Despite the long waiting, heat and rain, the trip was a success because they had the opportunity to do what very few will ever do -- see the pope in person. Josephine Dallagiacoma of Holy Trinity Church, Evansville, said it was "real- ly thrilling" to see the pope in the parade route that morning and participate in the outdoor Mass. "It makes you a happier Catholic," she explained. Her sister, Angle Schmitz agreed, saying, "I got a kick out of waving at him. It was worth it." This was the second visit to see the Holy Father for Mary Lou Trimpe of Hender- son, Ky., who calls herself the pope's "biggest Protes- to make it rant fan." During his last papal visit, she thveled to ff St. Washington,D.C. to catch a of him. POPE JOHN PAUL n -- Photo by the Associated Press "Your life of service dedicated to Christ and his church bears witness to the reality of God's love for his people. You joyfully proclaim the good news of faith, that God is love." --Pope John Paul I! 1987 U.S. Papal Visit A trip to remember Thirty-four Marian Heights Academy traveled to New Orleans last weekend to catch a glimpse of Pope John Paul H. Above, Gloria Elguezabal, a junior from Coahuila, Mexico, listens attentively to the pontiff's message for teens at the youth rally held at the Louisiana Superdome. At right, nart of the group poses in the French Quarter near St. Louis Cathedral.