CBS Evening News for Thursday, May 26, 1988
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(Studio: Dan Rather) Cathedral of Archangel Michael featured; details given, scenes shown. Czars, princes and clergy leaders noted buried in Cathedral. Russian proverb quoted. Thousandth anniversary of Christianity noted celebrated in USSR . Mikhail Gorbachev reported compromising on religion Gorbachev noted also allowing more Jews to emigrate. Report introduced.
(Studio: Charles Kuralt) Home Bible study noted illegal in USSR ; details given, scenes shown. Persecution of Christians in USSR after Bolshevik Revolution recalled; scenes of destroyed church bldgs. shown. [Tatiana SAMSANOVICH - (thru translator) says is atheist.] Cathedral shown after turned into museum. Tour guide shown admitting that atheist section of museum uninteresting. Gorbachev noted acknowledging that atheism boring and people searching for meaning to their lives. [Father CONSTANTINE - (thru translator) comments on lack of spirituality in USSR and says people ask him to pray for Gorbachev.] Price of Bibles in USSR given; Gorbachev noted ordering more Bibles printed. Gorbachev shown meeting with church leaders last mo. No. of Christians in USSR given. V.I. Lenin quoted with regard to Christianity.
(Studio: Dan Rather) Islam noted growing in USSR . New York City anchor Bob Schieffer introd.