POPE JOHN PAUL II CONCENTRATES DURING A MASS IN ASTANA.
Pope John Paul II concentrates during a mass celebrated in the Astana's
cathedral September 24, 2001. The Pope, speaking in a land that was
once home to Stalinist gulags, paid moving tribute on Monday to the
millions of people who suffered ridicule,
imprisonment and death for their faith during the Soviet era. The
81-year-old Pontiff is on a six-days visit to Kazakhstan and Armenia.