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Pope / Latin American Tour, Liberation Theology #541902

NBC Evening News for Saturday, Feb 02, 1985
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II's visit to Peru, as part of 5-nation Latin American tour, noted include beatification of Sister Maria Ana de los Angeles Monteagudo; his opposition to liberation theology mentioned.
REPORTER: Connie Chung

(Lima, Peru) Liberation theology's role here, as practiced by priests such as Father Matias Siebonaler, examined; films shown [SIEBONALER - (thru translator) explains liberation theology's relevance in such regions.] Peru's economy problems described; Peruvian priest Father Gustavo Gutierrez noted founder of liberation theology movement Mvt.'s impact on Third World, especially Nicaragua, considered. [Father John SIPRIANI - describes Latin America's soc. and economy ills.] Peruvian bishop's order to close successful farm and school due to fears of alleged communism discussed. [Father Bernardo FULCRAND - (thru translator) notes bishop never visited school, only spread gossip; considers fact that those helping the poorest in Latin America are considered communist] Bishop's decision thought in response to wealthy landowners threatened by farm's success; details given.
REPORTER: Peter Kent

Chung, Connie;
Kent, Peter

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