In September 1979, St John Paul visited Ireland – the first visit to Ireland by a Pope.
It marked the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady, at Knock, in August 1879. His visit also marked the beginning of Ireland’s Peace Process as nearly 300,000 heard his appeal at Drogheda to the men of violence: “on my knees, I beg you to turn away from the path of violence and return to the ways of peace”.
Pope John Paul delivered 22 homilies and addresses during the course of his visit.
Forty years later, to mark that historic visit, a powerful new film has been released: John Paul II in Ireland: A Plea for Peace.
This beautiful documentary tells the untold story of how the pope’s popular appeal sowed the seeds of peace and helped end the conflict in Northern Ireland.
The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Carl Anderson, served as executive producer for the film and will be present for the Westminster screening.
The movie will have its first UK showing on Sunday, September 16th at 7.00pm at Westminster Cathedral Hall.
Hosted by the UK charity, The Christian Heritage Centre at Stonyhurst, admission will be free but strictly by ticket – and as seating is limited tickets will be issued on a first come, first served, basis. Refreshments will be served.