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Pope Paul VI's Death #55538

ABC Evening News for Monday, Aug 07, 1978
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(Studio) Death of Pope Paul VI at summer home, Castel Gandolfo, Italy, noted. Planned removal of remains to Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome stated. Catholic Church's provisions for choosing new pope reported Film shown.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Details given about selection process by cardinals; changes brought by Pope Paul stated, especially security in Sistine Chapel after Watergate scandal. Contenders for papacy listed: Giovanni Benelli, Sergio Pignedoli, Sebastiano Baggio, Eduardo Pironio, Johannes Willebrands, Jean Villot and John Wright. Pope is noted as successor to Saint Peter. Photos shown.
REPORTER: John Laurence

(Studio) World travels of Pope Paul noted. Saint Peter's Square in Vatican City mentioned.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Report on world reaction to Pope Paul's death. Services in London, France, and in Saint Patrick's Cathedral in New York City noted; news of death as reported in Poland and in USSR contrasted. Romans' reaction to Pope's death described; comments of Valenti Rugiero and Antonio Capuno stated. Pope John XXIII mentioned.
REPORTER: Kati Marton

(Studio) Pope Paul's last words, as reported by archbishop at bedside, quoted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Report on Pope Paul's reign. Films shown. Items mentioned incl. his presiding over 2nd Vatican Council; his worldwide trips; meeting with E. Orthodox Church head, Patriarch Athenagoras; cultivation of Communist leaders like USSR foreign minister Andrei Gromyko; his dogmatic conservatism, especially opposition to birth control; and criticisms of him from both conservatives and liberals. Conservative breakaway movement in Catholic Church, led by Archbishop Marcel LeFebvre, mentioned.
REPORTER: Jack Smith

Jennings, Peter;
Laurence, John;
Marton, Kati;
Smith, Jack

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