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(Studio) Pope Paul VI and Communist mayor of Rome, Italy, have 1st formal meeting today. Vatican's long political influence in Rome, due to Concordat, noted. Now agreement is under attack.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Vatican City) Signing of Concordat and treaty creating Vatican City by Benito Mussolini in 1929 cited. Pope Pius XI said of 2 agreements that they'd stand and fall together. Rome, Italy, is capital of world Catholicism and Pope Paul and Italian government working to update Concordat; issue being debated in Italian parliament. Papal concessions in matter noted; lay ptys. in parliament, from socialists and Communists to liberals and Republicans, demand further reforms; these noted also. Some of public want complete break with Concordat, but Communist government in Rome doesn't want chance of war with Catholicism, as Italy has enough problems without that one.
REPORTER: Winston Burdett
- Burdett, Winston;
- Mudd, Roger
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