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Poland / Pope's Visit #59977

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jun 01, 1979
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Warsaw, Poland) Historical and political significance of Pope John Paul II's visit to Communist Poland examined.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Popularity of Pope in first few mos. in office noted; films shown. Breaking of Vatican records with regard to attendance at his weekly audiences said indicated by need to move them outdoors to Saint Peter's Sq. Reasons for his popularity considered; John Paul's 1st encyclical, "Redeemer of Man," examined.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore

(Studio) German and Russian occupations of Poland recalled; 1939 fall of Warsaw and 1946 films shown. Poland's Pol. struggles said summed up in George Orwell phrase; Orwell quoted. Importance of Catholic Church in Polish ntlism. noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Krakow, Poland) Historical role of church and state relationship in Poland examined. Mentioned are: Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Black Madonna, Saint Stanislaus, Pope John Paul II's intentions.
REPORTER: Lou Cioffi

(Studio) Vatican's emphasis on pilgrimage, rather than political aspects of trip and concern by both church and Polish government with regard to trip's outcome cited.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Blakemore, Bill;
Cioffi, Lou;
Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Frank

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