From Guardian Unlimited | World Latest | Pope Thanks Followers on 26th Anniversary:
"John Paul marked the anniversary of his Oct. 16, 1978, election with morning Mass on Saturday in his private chapel. A day earlier, officials celebrated the occasion publicly with a performance by a Russian military chorus and orchestra.
Thousands of well-wishers showered the pontiff with greetings, many of them thanking him for speaking out against preventive war, his spokesman has said. In the run-up to the U.S.-led Iraq war, John Paul insisted repeatedly that dialogue was required to bring peace. "