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Special Assignment (The Pope in America) (Part II) #111231

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 01, 1987
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(Studio: Richard Threlkeld) Report introduced.

(Rome, Italy: David Ensor) Historical strain in Catholic-Jewish relations in light of Pope John Paul II's United States tour next week and recent controversy over his private audience with accused Nazi war criminal Kurt Waldheim examined; details given, scenes shown. Pontiff's meeting today with Jewish leaders to discuss Waldheim described. [American Jewish Committee spokesperson Rabbi Marc TANENBAUM, Rabbi Mordecai WAXMAN -explain meeting's purpose.] [Rabbi Avi WEISS - considers Waldheim meeting reprehensible.] [Bishop William KEELER - criticizes Jewish criticism of meeting] Pontiff's meeting with his would-be assassin Mehmet Ali Agca mentioned, shown. Jewish community's reaction to pontiff's meeting with PLO (Palestine Liberation Organization) chairperson Yasir Arafat recalled. [World Jewish Congress spokesperson Elan STEINBERG - feels Pope's refusal to recognize Israel is basis of ongoing tension.] Vatican's position on Israel outlined. Controversy over Pope John Paul's beatification last year of Edith Stein, Jewish convert to Catholicism murdered in Auschwitz reviewed. [TANENBAUM - notes implications of Stein issue.] Pope Pius XII's knowledge of Nazi death camps and failure to speak out against Holocaust said long-running source of friction between Jews and Catholics. John Paul's visit to Rome synagogue noted first such in history; his World War II experiences mentioned.

Ensor, David;
Threlkeld, Richard

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