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Special Assignment (The Pope in America) (Part VI) #111720

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 09, 1987
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(Rome, Italy: David Ensor) Pope John Paul II's departure here for US tour in bid to regain diminishing support of American Catholics for Vatican authority examined; details given, scenes shown. [POPE - explains goal of trip.] Pontiff's perception of United States described. [Vatican Council for the Family spokesperson Father Peter ELLIOTT - defs. church's opposition to birth control, abortion.] [POPE - proclaims dignity of human person.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Phoenix diocese reported taking out coverage with Lloyd's of London in event Pope's a no-show.

(Los Angeles, California: Ken Kashiwahara) Sec. measures for pontiff's US tour examined; details given, scenes shown. [Secret Service spokesperson Don TUCKER - explains viewing tapes of 1981 assassination attempt on John Paul.] Specific precautions taken by individual cities described. [San Antonio police department spokesperson Robert HUECK - comments.] [INS spokesperson Al DeLEON - expects incrd. Mexican visitors.] Preparations here detailed. [Secret Service spokesperson Garry JENKINS - notes threats against pontiff.] Impact of Pope's stay here on shelter for the homeless explained. [Union Rescue Mission spokesperson George GAYWOOD - comments.] Cost to Secret Service, local parishes and municipal govts. outlined. [National Papal Coalition spokesperson Frances KISSLING - believes money would be better spent on the needy.] [US Catholic Conf. Monsignor Daniel HOYE - defs. expense.] [Los Angeles police department spokesperson George MORRISON - notes their concern over pontiff's spontaneity.]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Coverage of Pope John Paul's arrival in Miami and special broadcast tomorrow night, "The Pope in America", announced.

Ensor, David;
Jennings, Peter;
Kashiwahara, Ken

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