CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 24, 1979
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II's meeting at Vatican with USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko reported Announcement that pope will mediate dispute between Chile and Argentina over Beagle Island noted. His upcoming trip to Latin American mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite
(Mexico City, Mexico) Impt. of Latin American to Catholic Church examined. Only past visit to area noted to have been trip to Colombia by Pope Paul VI in 1969. Outlook for effects of pope's visit and future of Catholic Church in Latin American given. Appearances by pope in Dominican Republican and then in various places in Mexico - Mexico City at Shrine of Guadelupe, Guadalajara and Latin American bishops conference in Puebla - detailed. Scheduled mtg. with Mexican President Lopez Portillo reported; political significance of it stated. Concerns of church in Latin American, especially with regard to plight of poor, discussed; growing activism among Catholic clergy in Latin American and its consequences reported [Dominican nun, Sister Margarita NAVARO - says pope's visit won't change plight of poor.] Violence against Catholic dissenters described, include recent events in El Salvador and Mexico City. Comments of friend of pope and head of dissent group, Jose Alvarez Acaza, given. Endorsement of Marxism by many radical priests, in order to help poor, and conflict this presents to strongly anti-Communist pope cited. Pope's expected response to problems of Latin American noted.
REPORTER: Terry Drinkwater