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Pope John Paul II at Knavesmire Racecourse

At Knavesmire Racecourse in York, Pope John Paul II celebrated Marriage and Family Life with a crowd of more than 190,000 people. Some turned up at midnight to guarantee a space. At 8am, the Bishop of Leeds, the Rt Revd Gordon Wheeler, celebrated Mass for the tens of thousands already on site. Stepping down from one of two helicopters that landed at the racecourse (for security reasons); the Pope greeted the crowd with a wave.

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Celebrating the Liturgy at York Racecourse

Pope John Paul II celebrates the Liturgy at York Racecourse in 1982.
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The Pope's homily at York Racecourse

Pope John Paul II gave this homily on marriage at York Racecourse in 1982.