Monday, 12 May 2008

Lest we forget ...

It has always seemed very strange to me that resources, and especially video images, of John Paul II's visit to Britain in May 1982 are not available. It is as though his visit were best forgotten. Here is a photo taken during his meeting with Catholics on the Knavesmire at York.

During his address he spoke of the men and women who laid down their lives for the faith they loved "on this very spot". He spoke of Margaret Clitherow and Nicholas Postgate by name. His address was a catechesis based upon his own Letter about the family, Familiaris Consortio. That letter too is forgotten in this island, yet it is the fullest teaching about the family that exists on the planet.

1 comment:

bernadette said...

If enough people write here:

The BBC Commissionaining Editor
3rd Floor, 2Entertain Limited,
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7LT

and ask for a DVD compilation from the 1982 visit, they might just grit their teeth and do it.

Suggest they should because Karol Wojtyla could be made a saint any moment and it would be really embarrassing if they were caught out with no momento of the time he visited the UK. It`s what we expect of the national broadcaster etc., if they can`t do it, who will ? It would be a massive Christmas seller blah.