NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 18, 1978
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II's comments to cardinals about his election, in meeting with them in Consistory Hall in Vatican, noted. Film shown. Message to new pope from USSR leader Leonid Brezhnev quoted. Report on pope's birthplace, Wadowice, Poland.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Krakow, Poland) Background given on Karol Wojtyla's life in Silesia section of Poland, his youth in Wadowice, presence in Krakow in World War II when Nazis invaded and his entrance to priesthood and rise through church. Photos shown. Homage paid to pope in his old cathedral in Krakow noted. Polish government plans to speed visa processing for those wishing to go to Rome for coronation on Sunday reported.
REPORTER: Fred Briggs