Introduction

Cardiff

His Holiness flew from Scotland to Cardiff to conclude his time in Britain, kissing the tarmac as he landed on Welsh soil. The then Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Rev John Murphy, met the Pope and accompanied him to Pontcanna Fields to celebrate Mass and First Holy Communions. The Holy Father delivered a small part of his homily in Welsh and said: "I would like to speak to these little ones who are about to receive Holy Communion for the first time. Dear children: Jesus is coming to you in a new way today, in a special way. He wants to live in you. He wants to speak to you in your heart. He wants to be with you all through your day." The afternoon's programme took Pope John Paul II to Ninian Park in Cardiff for a National Youth Rally where he was greeted by over 35,000 young people. He said to them: "As my visit to Britain draws to an end, I am happy that this last meeting is with you, the youth of England and Wales, you who are the hope of tomorrow.... Through prayer you will possess Christ and be able to communicate him to others. And this is the greatest contribution you can make in your lives: to communicate Christ to the world."

Homily

Holy Mass in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff

Today the Bishop of Rome greets the people of Wales for the first time in their own beautiful land. It is a great joy for me to be with you here in Cardiff. I thank God for the privilege of celebrating the Eucharist with you, uniting with you in giving glory and praise to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. 

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Audio

Cardiff Mass: PT1

Pope John Paul II preached this homily at Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff in 1982. Part one of two.   JPII-cardiff-PT1.mp3 3.76 MB
Audio

Cardiff Mass: PT2

Pope John Paul II preached this homily at Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff in 1982. Final part.
Music

'We'll Keep a Welcome'

Thousands of people sang the traditional folk song 'We'll Keep a Welcome' as Pope John Paul II celebrated Mass at Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff.   welcome-hillside.mp3 1.40 MB
Address

Pope John Paul II speaks to young people at Ninian Park, Cardiff

As my visit to Britain draws to an end, I am happy that this last meeting is with you - the youth of England and Wales, you who are the hope of tomorrow. I have come to this land as a pilgrim pastor, a servant of Jesus Christ. I have come to proclaim Christ’s Gospel of peace and reconciliation; I have come to celebrate his saving action in the sacraments of the Church. I have come to call you to Christ.

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interview

Frank Hennessy

Frank Hennessy talks about his band's performance at the Cardiff Mass in Pontcanna Fields.
  frank-hennessy.mp3 7.57 MB
Music

LIVE: The Hennessys

The Hennessys perform their song 'Welcome John Paul' live at Pontcanna Fields in Cardiff in 1982.   hennessys-live.mp3 4.14 MB