Pope Saint John Paul II, was greeted by Cardinal Basil Hume and the then Bishop of Arundel and Brighton, Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, shortly after his plane landed at London Gatwick Airport. In kneeling to kiss the British soil his thirteenth Pastoral Visit began.
Addressing the crowds he said: “So I begin my pastoral visit to Britain with the words of Our Lord Jesus Christ: “Peace be with you”. May the God of peace and reconciliation be with you all. May he bless your families and homes with his deep and abiding peace.”