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Harlem is is mentioned in the notes found in the desk of a New York advertising executive as a possible repeat visit for the returning pope (Saint Fidgeta and Other Parodies; 28).

Inspiration

Harlem is a neighborhood in the New York City borough of Manhattan, which since the 1920s has been a major African-American residential, cultural, and business center[1].

When Paul VI visited the United States in 1965, his motorcade made an unscheduled stop at Rice High School, a private, Roman Catholic high school in Harlem[2]. On October 4 he issued a message to the students, asking God to grant them "the graces you need to be good students, loyal companions, obedient children and, later on, exemplary citizens of your great country.[3]"

Reference

  1. Wikipedia: Harlem
  2. The Pretender: How Martin Frankel Fooled the Financial World and Led the Feds on One of the Most Publicized Manhunts in History. Ellen Pollock, 2002 (p. 145).
  3. Message of Paul VI to the Students of the Rice High School in Harlem - New York; Oct. 4, 1965.

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