This program is 26 minutes long
(Rome, Italy: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev reported planning to meet with Pope John Paul II in Rome, Italy; details given, scenes shown of Gorbachev and wife Raisa touring city. Pope quoted with regard to political developments in E. Europe. [Princeton Univ. professor Stephen COHEN - explains Gorbachev's goals for meeting with Pope.] Gorbachev quoted with regard to demise of the Cold War. Report introduced.
(Rome, Italy: Barry Petersen) Significance of Gorbachev-Pope meeting to Sovs. explained; upcoming Malta summit with President Bush mentioned. Joseph Stalin quoted with regard to religion; historic scenes shown of destruction of church bldgs. in USSR . Karl Marx and V.I. Lenin quoted with regard to Communism Gorbachev's moves toward Pope noted politically shrewd. [Institution on Religion and Democratic spokesperson Kent HILL - says Gorbachev needs economy help from West]
(NYC: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(DC: Lesley Stahl) Leftist rebels reported initiating another offensive and attacking United States dipls.' homes; details given, scenes shown from San Salvador, El Salvador. [Secretary of State James BAKER - says FMLN has turned to terrorism; comments on USSR policy in region.] President Bush shown greeting Canadian Prime Min. Brian Mulroney; upcoming summit in Malta with USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev mentioned. Nicaraguan and Cuban officials reported agreeing to halt shipment of USSR -made weapons to El Salvador.
(DC: David Martin) Bush administration reported evacuating dipls.' families from San Salvador; scenes shown of fighting. [CIA director William WEBSTER - comments.]
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Officials at Los Angeles International Airport reported discovering what they believed to be dynamite in baggage destined for Colombia; baggage noted actually carrying video game, scenes shown.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Romanian gymnast Nadia Comaneci reported fleeing to Hungary and asking permission to live there; details given.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Report introduced.
(Cleveland Heights, Ohio: Rita Braver) Supreme Court reported hearing juvenile abortion cases; details given of cases involving Heather Pearson and Missy Larson, who when pregnant in their teens, were forced to receive parental permission to have abortions due to Minnesota and Ohio laws. [PEARSON, LARSON - comment.] [Minnesota deputy attorney general John TUNHEIM - defends Minnesota law.] Pearson noted not seeing her father for years; details given of her efforts to find father in order to ask his permission for abortion. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor quoted. [Ohio assistant attorney general Rita EPPLER, Meadowbrook Women's Clinic spokesperson Paula WENDT - offer differing opinions on subject.] Decisions reported expected to lead to further restrictions upon abortion rights. (Artist: Don Juhlin)
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Supreme Court reported temporarily blocking execution of convicted murderer Dalton Prejean in order to hear emergency appeal; details of case recalled. Prejean noted committing crime when he was a juvenile.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Shell Oil company reported agreeing to pay settlement for oil spill in San Francisco Bay in 1988; details given, Justice Department statement quoted.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Air Force reported naming states that will deploy MX missiles; details given, map shown indicating states.
(Studio: Bob Schieffer) Federal grand jury reported meeting in Birmingham, Alabama, to investigate chgs. that Thiokol Corporation failed to make proper inspection of space shuttle parts since Challenger explosion in 1986; details given.
(Rome, Italy: Dan Rather) USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev's meeting with Pope John Paul II noted. Report introduced.
(Lithuania, USSR : Peter Van Sant) State of Catholic Church in USSR examined; situation in Lithuania, USSR , featured as example Gorbachev's reforms reported allowing some religion freedoms here; scenes shown. [Cardinal Vincentas SLADKEVICIUS - comments on religion] Gorbachev reported allowing relig. freedom in exchange for support of his economy reforms. [Former refugee Juozar POLIKAITIS - comments on celebrating legal Mass for first time in years] Relig. history of Lithuania reviewed; historic scenes shown from Joseph Stalin's rule. [PRIEST - (thru translator) comments on future.]
(Rome, Italy: Dan Rather) Upcoming meeting between USSR general secretary Mikhail Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II noted. Pope's struggles against adversity reviewed; scenes shown of assassination attempt against Pope. Terrorist Mehmet Ali Agca recalled claiming that assassination was Soviet plot using Bulgarian secret police as mediators. [Polish Monsignor Ivan DOTCHMAN - comments on Pope's view of Communism] [Vatican spokesperson Joaquin NAVARRO VALLS - says Joseph Stalin would not believe current events.] Gorbachev's allowance of religion observances reviewed; scenes shown.