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Pope / Assassination Attempt Aftermath #71625

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 14, 1981
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(Studio) Pope John Paul II's condition and prognosis for recovery reported.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Studio) Reaction here to yesterday's attempted assassination of pontiff noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Extent of pontiff's wounds and type of surgery performed on him explained; photos shown. His current status and necessary recovery time discussed; daughter of Ann Odre, critically wounded in shooting, noted, shown. [Shooting victim Rose HALI - discusses injury.] Probable change in style of papacy considered.
REPORTER: Bill Blakemore Artist: Gerald Andrea

(Studio) Chg. lodged against gunman Mehmet Ali Agca noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Rome, Italy) Agca's background examined; terrorist noted claiming to be follower of George Habash, head of Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. Statement found by police in Agca's hotel room re: assassination plans quoted on screen; questions as to Agca's life as fugitive outlined. Police said finding no link between Agca and Red Brigades. Interpol noted warning police here of Agca's presence in Italy.
REPORTER: Pierre Salinger

(Istanbul, Turkey) Atmosphere here, include criticism of Europe's harboring of Turkish terrorists by General Kenan Evren examined; details given, films shown. Agca's threat to kill pope during pontiff's visit here recalled.
REPORTER: Doreen Kays

(Studio) Further coverage of issue announced.

(Studio) Item recapped at end of broadcast

Reporter(s):
Blakemore, Bill;
Jennings, Peter;
Kays, Doreen;
Reynolds, Frank;
Salinger, Pierre
Duration:
00:06:50

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