Conclave Convenes 1978

As the conclave convenes at the Vatican to choose a new pope, RTÉ Archives look back to 1978 and the day preceding the election of John Paul I on August 26.

Brian Farrell presents 'See of Peter: A Sea of Troubles', a look at Pope Paul's pontificate and the state of the church following his death. The programme examines the qualities that might be sought in a successor and who the likely candidates might be. The clip presented here includes a discussion on what the priorities are for a new pope and includes interviews with Archbishop Samuel Carter of Jamaica, Fr. Vincent O'Keefe Assistant General of the Society of Jesus, and journalist Peter Hebblethwaite.

John Paul I reigned as pope for just six weeks and was succeeded in October 1978 by John Paul II.

'See Of St. Peter: A Sea Of Troubles' was filmed on 16 August, 1978 and was broadcast on RTÉ Television on 25 August 1978.

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