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The Pope John Paul II visit to Bellahouston Park,
Glasgow on the 1st of June 1982.

SEAD had been requested by the Catholic Church, the organizers of the event, to present a programme of about 25 minutes that could reflect social and political realities. Singer and storyteller Sheila Stewart, belonging to the Travellers People and awarded an MBE for her services to Scottish traditional music, was there beside me, my wife, Paul Baker and other people to say something meaningful and to sing to an unbelievable multitude of people. I did a passionate speech during my intervention. Bellow the recording of my speech and the song we played in front of 300.000 people. The recording is informative and very atmospheric. The Most Reverend Thomas Winning, Archbishop of Glasgow, and nearly 300,000 people from all over Scotland welcomed Pope John Paul II to Bellahouston Park in Glasgow on the 1st of June, 1982. Paul Baker, a former Trappist monk working at the time with The Scottish Education and Action for Development (SEAD), asked me to speak about the dictatorship in Chile and to sing a song. I sung with my wife Doña Javiera Carrera

 

Playing for the Pope at Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

 


my speech. I changed it.

 

 

 
  Carlos Arredondo, Carlos, Arredondo, Chile, Scotland, music, poetry, culture, Latin America