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US-Vatican Relations / Ambassador To Vatican #82251

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Dec 21, 1983
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(Studio) Report on appointed of new ambassador
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) President Reagan's plans to establish diplomatic relations with Roman Catholic Church and appoint ambassador to Vatican detailed. Films from 1982 visit between Reagan and Pope John Paul II and of Pope's visit in Poland this year shown. Conflict over issue of separation of church and state detailed. Baptist church member Harry Truman's attempt to appointed ambassador recalled; film shown. Opposition to move by some Protestants noted. [Baptist joint committee for public affairs spokesperson Dr. James DUNN - comments.] Current envoy to Vatican, William Wilson, said expected to be confirmed as amb. Probable questions from Senator hearings with regard to constitutional issues and pol. motivation of President courting Catholic votes in election year noted.
REPORTER: Ann Compton

Compton, Ann;
Jennings, Peter

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