Denaby priest recalls day he met canonised pope

Father John Cooke meeting former pope John Paul II.

Father John Cooke meeting former pope John Paul II.

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A Dearne priest has welcomed the canonisation of former Pope John Paul II - and also remembered a meeting he had with the man himself.

Father John Cooke, of St Alban’s Roman Catholic Church in Denaby, spoke briefly with the former pontiff at the Vatican during a holiday in Rome in April 2001.

He and a group of fellow priests were granted an audience with Pope John Paul II after they attended a morning mass service.

 

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