Introduction

Southwark, St George's Service

To follow lunch at Buckingham Palace, Pope John Paul made his way to St George’s Cathedral, Southwark. He was met by the waiting sick and led a service of anointing, spending considerable time speaking to those who had gathered. Pope John Paul II said: "I want you to know how I have looked forward to this meeting with you, especially with those of you who are sick, disabled or infirm. I myself have had a share in suffering and I have known the physical weakness that comes with injury and sickness.” Peter Jennings was allowed to follow the papal party for his book: The Pope in Britain: “He’d got a great empathy with sick people – you could feel the fact that he was very close to the people who were suffering, and you could see that just by the way he was walking around, stopping and talking to people and blessing people.”

Speech

Pope John Paul II anoints the sick at St George's Cathedral, Southwark

Today I greet you in the name of Jesus. I thank all of you for the welcome you have given me. I want you to know how I have looked forward to this meeting with you, especially with those of you who are sick, disabled or infirm. I myself have had a share in suffering and I have known the physical weakness that comes with injury and sickness. 

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