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Pope / Assassination Attempt #277039

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 13, 1981
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(Studio) Attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II by escaped Turkish terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca in Vatican City reported; details given. Photos shown.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Rome, Italy) Details of shooting examined; films shown. Agca's statements to police outlined. [Turkish ambassador Sukru ELEKDAG - says gunman is sought by Turkey and Interpol; elaborates.] 2nd suspect said under arrest as possible accomplice; pontiff's current status discussed.
REPORTER: Winston Burdett

(Studio) Buffalo, New York, resident Ann Odre and Jamaican Rose Hall reported also wounded in attack; detail given, photograph shown. Attempted assassination of President Reagan recalled.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(DC) ares. noted meeting this morning with Senators with regard to incring. violence and terrorism; his later message to pontiff quoted on screen. [Terence Cardinal COOKE - relates telephone conversation with Reagan.] Vice President George Bush's reaction noted. [BUSH - thinks international atmosphere has conditioned society.] Senator's resolution of concern noted passed. [Senator Edward KENNEDY - comments.] House television tape shown. [Representative Clement ZABLOCKI - recalls pope.] President's cabinet and other dignitaries said attending special Mass at Saint Mathews Cathedral. [Labor Secretary Raymond DONOVAN - questions this shooting in light of recent attempt on Reagan.] President's later statement mentioned.
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

(Studio) Further coverage later in broadcast and special tonight announced.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

Burdett, Winston;
Rather, Dan;
Stahl, Lesley

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