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USSR -Vatican Relations / Gorbachev-Pope Meeting #119952

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 01, 1989
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(Malta: Peter Jennings) Stmts. from Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev endorsing changes in E. Europe reported; his comments on reform mvts. in Czechoslovakia in 1968 and now detailed; scenes shown of Gorbachev in Milan, Italy. Report introduced.

(Vatican City: Bill Blakemore) Mtg. of Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II featured; details given of announcement of establishing of formal relations between USSR and Vatican; scenes shown. Soviets noted agreeing to legalize Catholicism under their rule. Pope's history of deals with totalitarian regimes reviewed. [Vatican spokesperson Archbishop John FOLEY - discusses rulers' relations with Pope.]

(Malta: Peter Jennings) Discussion held on important of Gorbachev's meeting with Pope. [Harriman Institution's Robert LEGVOLD - comments on reconciliation of communism and Catholicism; reviews Gorbachev's position at time of meeting here with President Bush.]

Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter

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