NBC Evening News for Sunday, Aug 06, 1978
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(Studio) Death of Pope Paul VI, leader of Roman Catholic Church, at summer home in Castel Gandolfo outside Rome noted.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch
(Rome, Italy) Details given of day's events. Pope's recent ill health recalled. Cardinal Jean Villot's presence at Pope's death, as Vatican secretary state, noted. Church's preparations for Pope Paul's death and selection of new pope reported; inspection of grottos in Saint Peter's Basilica for burial mentioned. Pope Paul's involvement in world affairs, especially in requests to Red Brigades for release of Aldo Moro, outlined.
REPORTER: Jim Bittermann
(No location given) Background on Pope Paul VI, born Giovanni Battista Henrico Antonio Maria Montini, in village of Concesio, Italy, given. His rise in church outlined, with assistance of Popes Pius XI, Pius XII and John XXIII noted. His position as Cardinal of Milan noted. Pope Paul's visit to Holy Land, include walk down via dolorosa in Jerusalem, stroll beside Sea of Galilee, stop at Upper Room, meeting with eastern Orthodox patriarch Athenagoras at Mount of Olives, detailed. Another trip mentioned incls. New York City visit to United Nations and celebration of mass in Yankee Stadium. His guidance of Vatican council and its outcome described. Other items mentioned include Sistine Chapel, Jesus Christ, Apostles Peter and Paul, 1969 World Synod of Bishops and Pope Paul's positions on priestly celibacy and birth control. His ban of oral and other kinds of contraceptives cited.
REPORTER: John Chancellor