Recently canonized St Pope John Paul II has a special connection not only with Guam, but also with the Capuchins Friars on Guam, when he came to visit the island in February of 1981 - the first and only (so far) papal visit of this Pacific island.
First of all, the Overall Chairman of the Papal Visit was a Chamorro Capuchin, Father Daniel Cristobal. He was responsible for everything on the Guam side. For months, he ate, slept, drank the papal visit.
|FATHER DANIEL CRISTOBAL, OFM Cap|
Thirdly, the rector of the Cathedral, where the Pope's audience with the clergy, religious and leading lay people was held, and who helped coordinate the Papal Mass the next day, was the present-day Archbishop of Agaña, Capuchin Archbishop Anthony Apuron. During the Papal Mass, he was an assistant MC and held the umbrella for the Pope. Other friars also had a part in the liturgy, besides concelebrating.
Lastly, the Friary hosted a good number of visiting clergy from all over the world. Some friars vacated their rooms in order to give their beds to these visitors.