Introduction

Coventry Visit

Following a joy-filled meeting with the Polish Community in London, His Holiness boarded a helicopter to take him to Coventry Airport. On arrival the Pope was met by the newly installed Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Maurice Couve de Murville. A crowd of over 350, 000 people had gathered and the Holy Father drove through the crowd to receive greetings. During the Mass the Sacrament of Confirmation was administered. The Pope said during the homily: “Christ's gift of the Holy Spirit is going to be poured out upon you in a particular way. You will hear the words of the Church spoken over you, calling upon the Holy Spirit to confirm your faith, to seal you in his love, to strengthen you for his service. You will then take your place among fellow-Christians throughout the world, full citizens now of the People of God. You will witness to the truth of the Gospel in the name of Jesus Christ. You will live your lives in such a way as to make holy all human life. Together with all the confirmed, you will become living stones in the cathedral of peace. Indeed you will be called by God to be instruments of his peace.”

Homily

Pope John Paul II's Pentecost Homily at Coventry Airport, 30 May 1982

We are close to the city of Coventry, a city devastated by war but rebuilt in hope. The ruins of the old Cathedral and the building of the new are recognized throughout the world as a symbol of Christian reconciliation and peace. We pray at his Mass: “Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth.” 

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Audio

Coventry Homily: PT1

Pope John Paul II travelled by helicopter to Coventry Airport where he was welcomed by the newly installed Archbishop of Birmingham, Maurice Couve de Murville, and a crowd of more than 350,000. The audio starts a few minutes into the homily.   JPII-cov-homily-PT1.mp3 4.14 MB
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Coventry Homily: PT2

Part TWO of Pope John Paul II's homily at Coventry Airport on the Feast of Pentecost.   JPII-cov-homily-PT2.mp3 4.87 MB