John Paul II at Heaton Park

Three quarters of an hour before Mass at Manchester's Heaton Park on Monday morning, Pope John Paul II met the Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom, Sir Immanuel Jakobovits at the Convent of the Poor Sisters of Nazareth in Manchester. He then travelled to Heaton Park where he ordained twelve men to the priesthood in front of a crowd of more than 200,000 people. During his sermon Pope John Paul had a message for the newly ordained: “You must be men of God, his close friends. You must develop daily patterns of prayer, and penance must be a regular part of your life.”


Holy Mass with Priestly Ordinations in Manchester

How pleased I am to be here in Manchester, to celebrate this great feast and to pray with you that the life-giving power of the Divine Paraclete will help the members of this Church to carry out their responsibilities as “a new creation.” 

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JPII: Heaton Park

Re-live Pope John Paul II's celebration of Mass at Heaton Park, Manchester in 1982.   JPII-mchstr-mass.mp3 15.44 MB