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    SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA/GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

    Thousands of spectators greeted Pope John Paul II when he arrived in San Jose on March 3.

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    COSTA RICA
    1. TOP VIEW Assembled crowd. 0.06
    2. GV/SV Pope John Paul arriving in Pope mobile. (2 SHOTS) 0.31
    3. GV Cross-shaped concrete building. 0.34
    4. SV Pope waving to crowd from dais. (2 SHOTS) 0.39
    5. TOP VIEWS Crowd signing hymns as Pope celebrates Mass. (2 SHOTS) 0.54
    6. SV Pope raising Host. 0.58
    GUATEMALA
    7. GV/SV Newspaper front page with headline Sir Lugar El Amparo and photographs of six men. (3 SHOTS) 1.19
    8. LV Bloodstained tarmac on road. 1.24
    9. CU Spent cartridges PULL BACK TO GV Crosses drawn in blood of victims, on tarmac. 1.32
    10. SVs PAN Crosses and urns, on wall. (2 SHOTS) 1.54
    11. GV Soldier standing guard at catacombs. 2.04
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    Background: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA/GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

    Thousands of spectators greeted Pope John Paul II when he arrived in San Jose on March 3. The Pontiff was starting an eight nation tour of Central America and Haiti and celebrated his first Mass in Latin America before a crowd of half a million people in the city's Sabana Park. He told his audience that they should remain true to their Christian roots and stressed the role of the Catholic Church in promoting social change in the area. During the Pope's visit, six alleged guerrillas were executed in Guatemala City. The men, all members of the Guerrilla Army of the Poor (EGP) had been tried and convicted of kidnapping, extortion and acts of terrorism. The executions were carried out at the capital's main cemetery. Reuters reported that passers-by heard the shots. The killings were carried out a few days before the Pope was due to visit Guatemala and the Papal Nuncio, Monsignor Oriano Quilici, described them as "incredible" and said they could have serious repercussions at world and national level. President Rior Montt had earlier granted a church plea for a stay of execution but decided to carry out the death sentences on March 3. Vatican observers said that there was no question of the Pope cancelling or postponing his visit to the country on March 6, where he was scheduled to spend three days, with a visit to Honduras in between.

    Source: REUTERS - ERICO ZAS CANO

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4H5E5H0FDU1I0JJPWE6SFCXZL
    Media URN:
    VLVA4H5E5H0FDU1I0JJPWE6SFCXZL
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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