Over 100,000 copies of a commemorative booklet marking the 25th Anniversary
of the visit to Scotland of Pope John Paul II will be distributed to all 500
Catholic parishes in Scotland during the week beginning 26 August.
The text of the booklet quotes extensively from the texts used by the late
Pope during his 2 day visit in 1982 and is in the form of a letter from
Scotland's eight Catholic bishops. (The full text is shown below)
The publication also contains photographs of key moments in the visit.
Additionally, the National Pilgrimage planned for September 2nd at Carfin
will also mark the 25th anniversary of the Papal visit.
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
0141 221 1168
Notes to Editors:
1. Pope John Paul II arrived at Edinburgh Airport on 31 May 1982, from where
he traveled to Murrayfield Stadium for a rally with 40,000 young Catholics.
Later he met the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of
Scotland. On 1 June the Pope traveled by helicopter to Bellahouston Park in
Glasgow where he celebrated Mass for an estimated 300,000 people. The Pope
left Scotland on 2 June and traveled to Cardiff.
2. A PDF copy of the booklet is available from the Catholic Media Office,
please email requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org
3. All of the Pope's homilies and speeches delivered during his visit to
Scotland can be viewed at: www.scmo.org