ABC Evening News for Thursday, Aug 24, 1978
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(Studio) Cardinals' preparations in Vatican City for conclave to elect new pope described; film shown. Issues to be considered in selection of next pope outlined, include how to deal with Communism File film shown. Pope Paul VI's dealings with Communism and Communist leaders like Nikolai Podgorny of USSR , and Marshal Josip Broz Tito of Yugoslavia and Janos Kadar of Hungary. Situation surrounding USSR invasion of Hungary in 1957 and Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty defiance of Communists by spending 15 years in American embassy in Budapest detailed. Films shown. Church's dealings with Communism in Italy described. Italian Communist leader Enrico Berlinguer's comments about Italy, Communism and church reported Situation in Rhodesia with black Marxist guerrillas killing missionaries noted; guerrilla leader Robert Mugabe's avowed Catholicism and church's teaching that Marxism and Christianity are opposing ideas mentioned. Difficulty in speculating about next pope due to secrecy of conclave stated.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(Studio) Interview with Vatican observer, Father Francis Murphy, about conclave process. [MURPHY - discusses political nature of conclave, languages spoken, 3rd world-W. representatives' relations and unlikelihood of American becoming pope. Mentions John Cardinal Dearden of Detroit.]
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
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