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    SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA/MANAGUA & VARIOUS, NICARAGUA

    Pope John Paul received a tumultuous welcome in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 2, as he began his eight-day tour of Central American and Caribbean nations.

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    COSTA RICA: (VIA NBC (C) MARCH 2)
    1. GV & SV Pope steps out of plane, walks down steps and kisses the ground. (4 SHOTS) 0.39
    2. SV Pope steps on to rostrum and waves to crowd. (2 SHOTS) 0.50
    3. SV TILT DOWN Pope surrounded by security men as he steps into Popemobile. (2 SHOTS) 1.15
    NICARAGUA (NBC - COMMENTARY) MARCH 2
    4. SV TILT DOWN TO GV Portrait of Pope PAN DOWN TO congregation attending service in Managua. 1.27
    5. SCUs & GVs Clergyman addressing congregation who applaud him. (4 SHOTS) 1.42
    6. GV EXTERIOR Religious building. 1.44
    7. GV INTERIOR Pop group sings revolutionary song at another Mass. (4 SHOTS) 2.12
    8. SV Bezar Goza, nun working with the poor. (3 SHOTS) 2.22
    9. SVs & GVs Shanty town and people walking about. (4 SHOTS) 2.35
    10. SVs Banner "Power To the People", poster and writing on the wall, which says: "Long Live the Communist Party of Nicaragua". (2 SHOTS) 2.42
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    11. GV Commandante Daniel Ortega, member of ruling junta, addressing meeting. (3 SHOTS) 2.59
    12. GV EXTERIOR Scene of area at which Pope will hold Mass on March 4. 3.04
    13. GV PAN Posters of founders of the revolution overlooking Mass area. 3.14
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    NOTE TO EDITORS: THIS STORY HAS PART COMMENTARY (SEQS 4-13) BY NBC REPORTER GARRICK UTTLEY, WHICH MAY BE USED IF REQUIRED.
    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: SAN JOSE, COSTA RICA/MANAGUA & VARIOUS, NICARAGUA

    Pope John Paul received a tumultuous welcome in San Jose, Costa Rica on March 2, as he began his eight-day tour of Central American and Caribbean nations. The people of Costa Rica, a relatively peaceful and prosperous nation in a region beset by political strife, thronged to see the Pope. He spoke to the crowds about the need for social justice and warned them of the dangers of political extremism. He also called for an end to foreign intervention in the region. The Pontiff, twice target of assassination attempts, then travelled in a bullet proof 'Popemobile' to meet the region's bishops. In his speech to them, he again stressed the need for social change but reiterated his belief that the clergy should not be involved in political struggles. This is a sensitive issue since in the next stop on the tour, Nicaragua, the Pope faces a government which includes Roman Catholic priests. Since 1979 Nicaragua has been ruled by a revolutionary junta, which aided by clergymen toppled the dictatorship of General Anastasio Somoza. Leading church figures have recently led criticism against the junta which they condemn for its failure to hold free elections and to respect political pluralism. The Church in Nicaragua is now divided, with some priests urging their congregations to reject Marxism, and others creating a blend of revolutionary and religious aims and beliefs. Despite the controversy, priests and nuns continue their selfless work among the poor. Even in the most destitute areas, posters urging the nation to maintain revolutionary principles abound. The Pope's visit has been used by the junta to increase support for its aims which are frequently repeated to the nation by leaders such as Daniel Ortega. The area where Pope John Paul is to hold Mass is decorated with posters of revolutionary figures -- a clear indication that the junta sees his visit as holding political implications.

    Source: VIA NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED (C) AND NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8W099QQMAUPJ32GRGRA635ZBG
    Media URN:
    VLVA8W099QQMAUPJ32GRGRA635ZBG
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:14:00
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    N/A

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