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Pope / Assassination Attempt #71608

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 13, 1981
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) President Reagan's reaction to attempted assassination of Pope John Paul II reported; his statement, issued later in day, quoted on screen. [Vice President George BUSH - questions condition of world.] Special Mass for pontiff at Saint Mathews Cathedral noted attended by House speaker Thomas O'Neill, Secretary of State Alex Haig and others.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Passage of gun control legislature in Connecticut, previously failing by 1 vote, noted coming after state senate heard of shooting.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(No location given) John Paul's United States visit recalled; films shown. National reaction to his shooting examined. [Pontiff's cousin, John WOJTYLA - recalls reaction upon hearing news.] Chicago noted hearing of incident as Mayor Jane Byrne was honoring Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy for his heroism during attempted assassination of President Reagan. [MAN - tells Byrne that pope was just shot.] [BYRNE - announces shooting to audience.] [John Cardinal CODY - recalls John Paul's reaction to concerns about his safety during United States tour.] New York City luncheon for opera singers Leontyne Price and Luciano Pavarotti noted interrupted by news. [PAVAROTTI - acknowledges his sadness.]
REPORTER: James Walker

(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Max Robinson

(Studio) International reaction to shooting examined; Giscard d'Estaing, Holland's John Cardinal Willebrands quoted. [Prime Min. Menahem BEGIN - expresses dismay at such violence.] Reactions of Queen Elizabeth, Franz Cardinal Konig of Austria, Lech Walesa reported.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Warsaw, Poland) Poland's reaction examined; films shown. Stanislaw Kania's televised message quoted. [Solidarity spokesperson Janusz ONYSZKIEWICZ - notes pontiff's popularity here.] Residence of Stephan Cardinal Wyszynski noted besieged by calls. [Church spokesperson Jerzy DABROWSKI - reacts to news.]
REPORTER: Jerry King

(Studio) Further coverage of situation on tonight's "Nightline" and upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Max Robinson

Donaldson, Sam;
Jennings, Peter;
King, Jerry;
Reynolds, Frank;
Robinson, Max;
Walker, James

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