Liverpool 30th May 1982

A million people lined the route of the Holy Father into Liverpool following his helicopter journey from Coventry to Liverpool Speke Airport. His Holiness briefly visited Liverpool Cathedral to say The Lord's Prayer before making his way to celebrate Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. At this venue the importance of the Sacrament of Penance (Confession) and forgiveness was emphasised during his homily: “There is no sin that cannot be forgiven, if we approach the throne of mercy with humble and contrite hearts. No evil is more powerful than the infinite mercy of God. In becoming man, Jesus entered completely into our human experience, even to the point of suffering the final and most cruel effect of the power of sin – death on a cross.” The now Auxiliary Bishop of Liverpool, Rt Rev Vincent Malone, oversaw the organisation of part of the Pope's visit to the North and was struck by the impact His Holiness had on young people: “[One of the things] that sticks in the mind is at the end of the Mass we’d arranged that the Piazza outside the Cathedral would be occupied by young people because there was a high pressure on spaces... He said various encouraging things to them... 'You are the living Cathedral of Christ the King’ – which of course got a great round of applause.”

Ceremony Address

Welcome ceremony address: Liverpool Airport, 30 May 1982

Thank you for your kind welcome. Thank you for coming here to greet me. In my turn, I greet you in the words of the Risen Saviour: Peace be with you. May peace be in your homes, and may the peace of Christ reign in your minds and hearts.

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