In the United States, Pope John Paul II has made it clear there'll be no softening in the Church's attitude to catholic morality.
GV ZOOM: Pope speaking in Spanish TO Spanish community on Chicago's Westside.
GV: Pope waving to crowd from car.
SV: Pope meeting people in Polish community.
SV: Pope speaking in Polish. (2 shots)
GV/SV: Pope meeting children in Polish national dress (2 shots)
SV: Pope greeted by Church officials
LV: Pope meeting Bishops inside.
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Background: In the United States, Pope John Paul II has made it clear there'll be no softening in the Church's attitude to catholic morality. In a comprehensive declaration on sexual matters, he condemned artificial birth control, said sexual intercourse was acceptable only within marriage and called homosexuality morally wrong. The Pope was speaking in Chicago where he arrived on Thursday night (4 October), seemingly refreshed after a day in the Iowa countryside.
SYNOPSIS: During the Pope's one full day in Chicago, he went to the Church's ethnic parishes. At an Hispanic community on the city's west side, He spoke in both English and Spanish.
And then on to one of the Polish districts with the by now familiar huge crowds surrounding the papal car.
There were obviously no language problems here when the Pontiff celebrated mass entirely in his native tongue.
Chicago, as the Pope has pointed out, is the world's second Polish city. There are more Poles here than anywhere outside of Warsaw.
And the Church, through its language teaching and tradition has helped to keep the neighbourhood Polish.
And it was these traditions which the Pope again emphasized in Chicago. Pope John Paul said that he, today, with the same conviction as Pope Paul VI, would ratify the teachings of the controversial encyclical letter humanae vitae, which bans all artificial contraception. He also called sexual intercourse outside marriage wrong, and declared ` the covenant between an man and a woman joined in Christian marriage is .. insoluble and irrevocable.
The Pope made the Church's stand clear during a meeting with some 300 bishops. He praised the Bishops for their recent determined views on homosexuality, saying they were right not to give false hope `of the Church's acceptance of homosexuality in the name of understanding and compassion.