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    GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

    Pope John Paul II denounced murder, torture and abduction on March 7 as he celebrated mass in Guatemala City.

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    (NBC)
    1. GV Crowds gathered outside cathedral, Guatemala City. 0.11
    2. GV Security forces PAN TO flower-bedecked ground. 0.19
    3. GV Troops on parade. 0.23
    (SOUTH AMERICAN NETWORKS POOL)
    4. SVs Indians singing inside compounds. (3 shots) 0.46
    (NBC)
    5. SV Pope John Paul walking through crowds, shaking hands with members of public and clergy.(2 shots) 0.56
    6. SVs Band plays as Pope and cardinals enter military parade ground at Campo Marter Military Field, site of outdoor Mass. 1.14
    7. SV Soldier sounding bugle as Pope climbs on to dais.(2 shots) 1.24
    8. GV Troops stand guard as parade goes by.(2 shots) 1.28
    9. GV Medical workers carrying man on stretcher. 1.36
    10. SV Pope addressing crowd as troops stand by and people listen.(6 shots) 2.27
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    Background: GUATEMALA CITY, GUATEMALA

    Pope John Paul II denounced murder, torture and abduction on March 7 as he celebrated mass in Guatemala City. An estimated one million people who gathered in the Guatemalan capital gave the Pontiff a rapturous welcome at Campo Marter Military Field near the cathedral where the open air service was held. Flowers showered down on the papal motorcade as it drove to the cathedral along a five-kilometre (three mile) road decorated with flowers and fruit. Thousands of Indians in colourful garments lined the route where military security was much in evidence throughout the ceremony. In his homily, the Pope said murder, torture and abduction were grave offences before God, and urged all Guatemalans to respect and defend human dignity. His remarks were said to be aimed at the military government of President Efrain Rios Montt, who did not attend the service. General Montt is a convert to a Protestant sect which challenges the dominance of the Roman Catholic Church. His government had ignored Vatican pleas to spare the lives of six allege leftist guerrillas shot by a firing squad on the eve of the Pope's visit. General Montt, who had a private meeting with the Pontiff, has rejected accusations by human rights organisations that thousands of Indians have been massacred by his troops. Later on the same day, Pope John Paul urged the nation's rulers to protect the indigenous Indian population. This comment, in the Indian heartland of Quetzaltenango, was said to be the most direct so far on the Pope's tour of Central American states torn by violent political conflicts.

    Source: SOUTH AMERICAN NETWORKS POOL AND NATIONAL BROADCASTING COMPANY INCORPORATED

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    Film ID:
    VLVA48O1VS5G8PGSR67HPMMONH1QX
    Media URN:
    VLVA48O1VS5G8PGSR67HPMMONH1QX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    08/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:28:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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