September 23, 1999

Irish singer Bob Geldof, U2 lead singer Bono and several other members of an international lobby group called the Jubilee 2000 Coalition met with Pope John Paul II on this day in 1999. The group called for the cancellation of all third world debts by the year 2000. At this historical meeting, Pope John Paul II gave the group his endorsement and blessing in hopes that world leader’s would be motivated to do the same.

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