A PAPAL SEA CHANGE

In 1978 David Brown was at the Vatican in that "Year of Three Popes," the title of a book by Peter Hebblethwaite.  

 

The death of Pope Paul VI, and the election of Albino Luciani, as Pope John-Paul I, seemed to indicate little change in 400 years of particularly able Italian leadership in the Church, and this was reflected in David's SABC radio documntary Habemus Papam. 

 

Thirty three days after his election, however, the new Italian pope died, and David was among the many media men and women who returned to the Vatican for another Sede Vacante period, this time culminating in the election of Karol Woytila as Pope John-Paul II, the first Polish pope in the history of the papacy. A resulting second radio feature programme, John-Paul, a Legacy of Two Popes, was eventually combined with the first documentary in the production of a long-playing record, titled Habemus Papam, and released by the American Catholic newspaper Our Sunday Visitor.

 

THE COVER OF DAVID'S LONG-PLAYING RECORD DESCRIBING THE SURPRISING ELECTION OF TWO CONSECUTIVE POPES FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF POPE PAUL VI IN 1978
THE COVER OF DAVID'S LONG-PLAYING RECORD DESCRIBING THE SURPRISING ELECTION OF TWO CONSECUTIVE POPES FOLLOWING THE DEATH OF POPE PAUL VI IN 1978

LA FRANCE

The summer scene, which illustrates the header of this website, was captured by David Andrews-Brown at St Jacut-de-la-Mer, on the north coast  of Britanny, where friends have a holiday house.  The photograph reflects his love of France, where he has lived since 1992, and where he feels spiritually and culturally at home.