Introduction

Wembley Stadium The first Mass of Pentecost - Renewal of Baptismal Promises 4pm, Saturday, 29 May 1982

Wembly Stadium provided the setting for the first open-air Mass of Pope John Paul II's visit to Britain. The stadium, which no longer exists, was a venue where footballing dreams were made and shattered, but the Pope's reason for being there was to signpost people to a glory that goes beyond space and time. Where the Stadium once stood is now a 133m arch which can be seen across the skyline of north west London. In 1966 it saw England win the World Cup and on 29 May 1982, the Holy Father celebrate the first Mass of Pentecost. It is thought that around 80 000 people attended from across England and Wales. At the time, Cardinal Basil Hume, who was then the Archbishop of Westminster, commented that the presence of so many baptised meant that the football stadium had been transformed into a Catholic church. The Pope said during his homily: "As I look at this great assembly I am full of respect for each of you. You are God's sons and daughters; he loves you. I believe in you. I believe in all mankind. I believe in the unique dignity of every human being. I believe that each individual has a value that can never be ignored or taken away.”

Wembley

Holy Mass for the Renewal Of The Baptismal Promises homily of John Paul II, Wembley, 29 May 1982

After the Ascension the Apostles went back to the Upper Room, where Jesus had instituted the Eucharist and where he had declared that the law of love is the...Read more

Homily

Pope John Paul II to the religious men and women of England and Wales, 29 May 1982

I wish to express my special joy at this meeting. You are here in such large numbers as representatives of all the religious of England and Wales. On the eve...Read more