Pope John Paul II waves from the Popemobile as he makes his way through a welcoming crowd at Bellahouston Park.

The Pope in Scotland 40 years on: Here are 26 amazing pictures of Pope John Paul II's visit to Edinburgh, Rosewell and Glasgow in 1982

It’s been four decades since tens of thousands of people took part in events at Murrayfield and Bellahouston Park to welcome Pope John Paul II to Scotland.

Tuesday, 31st May 2022, 10:07 am

The visit was part of a tour of the UK – the first by a reigning Pope - that saw him visit nine cities and deliver 16 major addresses.

He started his visit in England and flew north of the border from RAF Leeming, in Yorkshire, from where he travelled by jet to RAF Turnhouse – now Edinburgh Airport – on May 31.

Murrayfield Stadium was his first port of call, where he met with around 45,000 young people and Protestant church leaders, before visiting the Capital’s Catholic cathedral.

The next day, June 1, saw John Paul II visit patients at St Joseph's Hospital in Rosewell, address teachers at St Andrew's College, and celebrate Mass with a huge crowd of around 300,000 people at Glasgow’s Bellahouston Park.

During the service, the Pope was presented with a number of gifts including a pipe banner with the Pope's coat of arms, a piece of Caithness glass, whisky and a Scotland football top.

Here are 26 pictures to take you back to those two memorable days.

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