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Cuba / Pope's Visit / Castro #420242

CNN Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 20, 1998
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(Studio: Judy Woodruff) Report introduced.

(Havana: Christiane Amanpour) The surreal background to the coming visit to Cuba by Pope John Paul II described; scenes shown of the preparations in the Plaza of the Revolution in Havana.

(Havana: Lucia Newman) What President Fidel Castro may gain from the papal visit examined; details given of the Cuban hopes it will gain international prestige and that the pope will condemn the United States economic embargo. [Cuban National Assembly president Ricardo ALARCON - comments.] [CASTRO - (thru translator) doubts the pope will try to get him to renounce his convictions.]

(Havana: Christiane Amanpour) The hope that the pope's visit will spur more freedom in Cuba noted.

Amanpour, Christiane;
Newman, Lucia;
Woodruff, Judy

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