INTRODUCTION: A man carrying explosives into a stadium in Karachi where Pope John Paul was to celebrate Mass was killed on Monday (16 February) when the device blew up.
SV Pope John Paul kneels and kisses ground at Karachi airport.
SV Pope and Pakistan's President ul-Haq chat with officials.
SCU Pope stands as President Zia salutes.
GV Pope greets huge crowd in stadium as he is driven around perimeter. (3 SHOTS)
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A man carrying explosives into a stadium in Karachi where Pope John Paul was to celebrate Mass was killed on Monday (16 February) when the device blew up. Senior Pakistani police say two other youths were injured in the explosion at the rear entrance to a grandstand for dignitaries. The explosion, believed to have been caused by a grenade, occurred about 20 minutes before the Pontiff, starting his first visit to Asia, was due to arrive at the stadium from Karachi airport.
SYNOPSIS: Pope John Paul began his brief stay in Pakistan with the now familiar gesture of supplication, kneeling and kissing the earth. He was greeted by Pakistan's President Zia-ul-Haq at the beginning of what was to be a visit of only little more than four hours to this predominantly Moslem republic. The Roman Catholic population of Pakistan is only about 100-thousand but there is speculation that dissidents had chosen this occasion to highlight their protest at President Zia's rejection of pleas for a general election in three months.
At the national stadium where the explosion occurred, there was no indication of the earlier violence when the Pontiff arrived. According to Church officials, most people were unaware of what had happened. The Pope celebrated Mass here, beginning the 12-day Asian tour with a call for greater dialogue between the world's Christians and Moslems. He told the crowd of some 70-thousand people that mutual understanding and respect between the two faiths will continue to grow for the good of all.