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Friday 22 October 2021

Saint John Paul II

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Pope St John Paul II came to York in 1982, and spoke to a huge crowd on the Knavesmire, on that ground hallowed by the blood of the martyrs:

"I am happy to be with you in this historic city of York. We are in the shadow, as it were, of the beautiful Minster, and in the spiritual company of so many saintly men and women who have graced these northern counties."

The Pope's message on marriage and family life can be seen as prophetic nearly four decades later:

"The love of husband and wife in God’s plan leads beyond itself and new life is generated, a family is born. The family is a community of love and life, a home in which children are guided to maturity."