The following was compiled from reports from Senior Editor Edward E. Plowman in New York, and correspondent John Wagner in Oklahoma City.

The Pope’s arrival in Poland wasn’t the only big religious story on Pentecost weekend. Jesus 79, a series of day-long rallies sponsored jointly by Roman Catholic and Protestant charismatics to celebrate salvation in Christ and unity in the Holy Spirit, attracted more than 200,000 persons of all ages, colors, and denominational backgrounds to stadiums and arenas in 27 cities across America. Thousands more congregated at sites in western Europe, including 4,000 at a park in Belfast (despite picketing led by separatist Presbyterian preacher Ian Paisley, who opposes ecumenical mingling).

At the two largest rallies—in Shea Stadium in New York City where 35,000 gathered, and across the Hudson in Giants Stadium where another 35,000 assembled—the electric scoreboard flashed, “Jesus,” “Love,” and “Alleluia” in rhythm with the thunderous outpouring of praise. “It sounds like Jesus is winning,” quipped a reporter in the Giants Stadium press box.

Other cities and attendance: San Francisco, 20,000; Houston, 17,000; Norfolk, 15,000; Dallas, 9,500. Two rallies in Kansas City drew 8,500 and 6,500 respectively; one group met at Kemper Arena, where several days later the roof collapsed onto the seats during a heavy rainstorm.

The vision for Pentecost rallies may have originated with Vinson Synan, 44, assistant general superintendent of the 102,000-member Pentecostal Holiness denomination. He said his vision for Pentecost weekend celebrations came as he prayed late one night on the steps of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Rome in 1975. Praying with him was Veronica O’Brien, secretary to Cardinal Leon Josef ...

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