For the feast of Saint John Paul II on the 22nd of October, we asked to our social media followers to share a memory from his visit – the first papal visit – to Britain, in 1982.
Thanks to all those who replied! It was great to read about the different experiences linked together by that same historic moment.
Here is a collection of what we have received.
@littlemore20 memory that I wrote at the time. Great memories.
— Tessa Bennett (@littlemore20) October 15, 2016
@CTSpublishers legging it after the popemobile with my sis and grandparents when he came to Liverpool 🙏🏼😃
— Spangled (@Susiesue40) October 17, 2016
— St George Chaplaincy (@stgchaplain) October 19, 2016
I had left the church and I’m not sure I was even aware he was visiting. One day I was walking home and stopped to cross the road nearish to St George’s Cathedral. The popemobile came passed and for a second stopped immediately where I was standing JP II smiled. I felt a tremendous shock – not horror but a feeling of being shaken – and this was the beginning of my return to the church. There were few people in that particular place because a lot of people had gone to the Anglican cathedral by mistake.
This is our favourite quote from John Paul II’s homily at Wembley Stadium, on the 29th May 1982:
As I look at this great assembly I am full of respect for each of you. You are God’s sons and daughters; he loves you. I believe in you. I believe in all mankind. I believe in the unique dignity of every human being. I believe that each individual has a value that can never be ignored or taken away.
…and you? What do you remember of those days?
Whether a quote, a reading, a picture, share with us your encounter with this great saint, by commenting this post below.