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(Rome, Italy: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported planning to meet with Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy; details given, scenes shown of Gorbachev and wife Raisa touring city. Pope quoted with regard to political developments in E. Europe. [Princeton Univ. professor Stephen COHEN - explains Gorbachev's goals for meeting with Pope.] Gorbachev quoted with regard to demise of the Cold War. Report introduced.
(Rome, Italy: Barry Petersen) Significance of Gorbachev-Pope meeting to Sovs. explained; upcoming Malta summit with President Bush mentioned. Joseph Stalin quoted with regard to religion; historic scenes shown of destruction of church bldgs. in USSR . Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin quoted with regard to Communism Gorbachev's moves toward Pope noted politically shrewd. [Institution on Religion and Democratic spokesperson Kent HILL - says Gorbachev needs economy help from West]
- Petersen, Barry;
- Rather, Dan
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