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    PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI/ROME, ITALY

    Pope John Paul ended his controversial eight-nation tour of Central America and the Caribbean in Haiti on March 9.

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    PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI (MARCH 9) (NEC)
    1. GVs Pope waving to crowds from aircraft steps (2 shots) 0.04
    2. SVs Pope meets President Jean-Claude Duvalier and Mrs Duvalier (2 shots) 0.13
    3. SV Young girl presents flowers to Pope 0.18
    4. GV Crowd behind fence, waving 0.21
    5. SVs Pope mingles with crowd, introduced to officials, blesses crowd (5 shots) 0.37
    6. CU, SV & GV Crowd singing and waving (Pope waves from podium) (8 shots) 0.52
    ROME AIRPORT, ITALY (MARCH 10 (RAI) EUROVISION RECORDING:
    7. GV Alitalia jet taxiing along runway \0.55
    8. GV PAN DOWN Pope down aircraft steps, met by Cardinal Glemp of Poland and officials (2 shots) 1.19
    9. SCU & GV Pope and party walks towards airport terminal (2 shots) 1.32
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    Background: PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI/ROME, ITALY

    Pope John Paul ended his controversial eight-nation tour of Central America and the Caribbean in Haiti on March 9. Haiti's ruler President Jean-Claude Duvalier met the Pontiff at the airport in front of a cheering crowd of 200,000. During his address in French, the Pope said it was necessary to work for social change but "without violence, without murders, without internal conflicts which often breed new oppression". President Duvalier's regime relies heavily on terror created by the notorious Tonton Macoute. Surrounded by the country's rich elite the President sat impassively throughout this criticism of his government. The country is the poorest in the Western Hemisphere. The crowd frequently interrupted the Pope with cheers and drum beats but received his condemnation of voodoo witchcraft in silence. Despite the Pope's impassioned pleas for peace and social justice during his tour, his visit appears to have had little political impact. His appeals for a ceasefire in El Salvador were ignored, and political executions in Guatemala were carried out on the eve of his visit. But in Nicaragua he highlighted the conflict of church and state and denounced the 'popular church' which blends Marxism and Catholicism. Analysts say the papal tour has embarrassed the United States which is heavily involved in supporting right wing regimes in the area, despite their apparent disregard for human rights. On his return to Italy the Pope was met by Polish Primate Josef Glemp who had arrived to discuss plans for the Pope's visit to Poland in June. The Pope left the airport for a rest at his country retreat of Castel Gandolfo.

    Source: NATIONAL BROADCASTING CORPORATION/RAI

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB36HC5D2RNM458DBIPBCYQV7M
    Media URN:
    VLVAB36HC5D2RNM458DBIPBCYQV7M
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
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    N/A

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