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Pope Drops In on Roman Family

February 1, 1998

ROME (AP) _ Pope John Paul II dropped in on a Roman household Sunday after saying Mass in their parish church, giving the clearly awed family a copy of Scriptures.

John Paul, the bishop of Rome as well as pope, told worshippers at the Sacred Heart of Jesus church that he wants ``to be close to all the families of the parish.″

The pontiff spent about 10 minutes in the fifth-floor apartment where Guiseppe Manago, a 66-year-old businessman, lives with his wife, three teen-agers and parents. It was his first official visit to a Roman family.

John Paul gave the Managos a copy of the Acts of the Apostles and a letter he has written to all the Roman Catholic families in the city as part of local churches’ preparations for the millennium.

``The visit was short, but we were thrilled that he came,″ said 17-year-old Guido Manago, whose younger brother, Luigi, 15, served as an altar boy at the Mass.

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