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Special Assignment (USSR / Religion) #107180

ABC Evening News for Monday, Dec 28, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Moscow, USSR : Barrie Dunsmore) Religion in USSR and its relationship to state featured; details given, scenes shown of various church services. Upcoming 1000th anniversary of Russian Orthodox Church noted; scenes shown. [Human rights activist Sergei GRIGORYANTS - (thru translator) discusses lessening of state investigation of people attending church.] Rel. of Russian Orthodox Church and government reviewed; role of Joseph Stalin mentioned. Current film, "Repentance", on topic described; scenes shown. Celebration of Mass in Roman Catholic Church in Moscow by Philippines' Cardinal Jaime Sin reported; scenes shown. Link of atheism &communist party in USSR noted. [Department of church affairs spokesperson Dr. SMIRNOV - wonders if believers are among government officials.]

Dunsmore, Barrie;
Jennings, Peter

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