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Pope John Paul II's visit to Wales in 1982

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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 15:57 UK time, Wednesday, 15 September 2010

On 2 June 1982, crowds gathered in Cardiff to see Pope John Paul II become the first reigning Pope to visit Wales.

The pontiff's message in Welsh of "Bendith Duw arnoch" - "the blessing of God be on you" - was received with enthusiastic applause from the crowds gathered in Pontcanna Fields.

This news archive clip captures key moments of his visit to Wales, including 30 children who received their first communion from the Pope.

In the afternoon, after the Pope had been awarded the the freedom of Cardiff, he then travelled in the famous Popemobile to Ninian Park, home of Cardiff City FC. There he called on the young people of Britain, including the crowd of 33,000 in the stadium, to launch a crusade of prayer.

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  • Comment number 1.

    I was only 4 at the time & one of my first memories. I couldn't understand why he was in car with glass covering him? I'm not very religious, but that was still such a special memory for me & think it was so special for Wales.


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