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Decision Time

The year began with the return of the Shia fundamentalist Ayatollah Khomeini to Iran to lead the revolution already in progress against The Shah. Khomeini became 'Leader of the Revolution' and 'Supreme Spiritual Leader' with the power to indirectly influence the approval of those who stood for election to public office. At the end of the year Pope John Paul II visited Dimitrios I, Patriarch of Constantinople to demonstrate a move towards ecumenism, reconciliation and unity between Eastern and Western Christian Churches.

Dimitrios I later returned the visit in 1987.