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August 23, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO
"Thank, God!" Thus did Pope John Paul II greet news of Gorbachev's return to power, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro reported Thursday. The coup's failure immediately reignited speculation at the Vatican of a 1992 papal visit to the Soviet Union. Indeed, the coup attempt could "confirm the usefulness" of a papal visit, Navarro said, since on his travels, John Paul "promotes a series of principles of Christian ethics such as peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and tolerance.
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August 23, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO
"Thank, God!" Thus did Pope John Paul II greet news of Gorbachev's return to power, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro reported Thursday. The coup's failure immediately reignited speculation at the Vatican of a 1992 papal visit to the Soviet Union. Indeed, the coup attempt could "confirm the usefulness" of a papal visit, Navarro said, since on his travels, John Paul "promotes a series of principles of Christian ethics such as peaceful coexistence, mutual respect and tolerance.
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August 26, 1989 | From Reuters
Pope John Paul II met a senior Soviet envoy this week for talks on religious freedom and the Middle East, the Vatican said. The talks with Yuri Karlov, a personal representative of Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze, follow reports that the Vatican is studying a possible papal visit to Lebanon. The Polish-born pontiff is also widely expected to have an unprecedented meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev if Gorbachev goes ahead with a visit to Italy in November. "Mr.
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August 21, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II, who embarked in high spirits on a swing through Eastern Europe a week ago, grimly returned home Tuesday, praising former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and praying that liberalizing reforms in the Soviet Union survive his fall. "Faced with the news that comes from the Soviet Union, our prayers become even more intense to ask God that that great country may be spared further tragedy.
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December 17, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Delicate maneuvering is under way along the hushed corridors of Vatican diplomacy in the aftermath of the momentous meeting here between Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
NEWS
July 26, 1989
In another sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Moscow, Pope John Paul II named a new Roman Catholic bishop in the Soviet Union. A Vatican statement said the Pope appointed Father Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz, 43, as bishop of Minsk, the capital of Byelorussia. The bishopric had been vacant since World War II, and its previous bishop died in exile in Belgium in 1981.
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October 8, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Racing the stars across a sleeping Siberia, Pope John Paul II flew to Asia on Saturday with the Soviets on his mind. John Paul came to South Korea to address a Eucharistic Congress that drew delegates from around the world, but his 44th foreign trip--three countries in 11 days--was historic even before the papal plane touched down here on a cloudless Saturday afternoon.
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September 9, 1989 | From Associated Press
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev has written to Pope John Paul II to arrange a historic meeting between the two men and discuss troubled Vatican-Soviet relations, a senior Vatican official said Friday. In Moscow, Soviet sources said Gorbachev is expected to visit Italy beginning Nov. 25. Italian officials have indicated Gorbachev may tour several cities.
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August 21, 1991 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pope John Paul II, who embarked in high spirits on a swing through Eastern Europe a week ago, grimly returned home Tuesday, praising former Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev and praying that liberalizing reforms in the Soviet Union survive his fall. "Faced with the news that comes from the Soviet Union, our prayers become even more intense to ask God that that great country may be spared further tragedy.
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September 18, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
John Paul II, who has traveled farther and tried harder to broaden the Roman Catholic Church's international contacts than any Pope before him, is "one for two" in his patient attempts to win a thaw in Vatican relations with the Communist giants. President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's new-look Soviets and their allies in East Europe seem willing to meet the Pope halfway. Paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's Chinese are not at all interested.
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November 19, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Better loved in Rome than in Moscow, Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev swept triumphantly through the Eternal City on Sunday for the second time in less than a year, swapping compliments with the Pope, shaking hands with well-wishers in the street, accepting generous aid from an adoring Italian government and departing nearly half a million dollars richer himself.
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April 15, 1990 | MASHA HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lithuania's leaders drafted a curt and defiant response Saturday to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's threat of an economic boycott, refusing to recognize a Kremlin-set deadline for renouncing independence and demanding a full explanation of what punitive steps Moscow intends to take.
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March 16, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ending seven decades of official hostility, the Vatican and the Soviet Union agreed Thursday to exchange ambassadors for the first time since the days of the czars. The historic decision, a fruit of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev's meeting with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican last December, lays the cornerstone for the future establishment of full diplomatic relations.
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December 17, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Delicate maneuvering is under way along the hushed corridors of Vatican diplomacy in the aftermath of the momentous meeting here between Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev.
NEWS
December 2, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Friday promised full religious freedom in the Soviet Union during a meeting with Pope John Paul II in which the two leaders also agreed to restore formal diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Kremlin.
NEWS
November 29, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Meetings of the management team at the Vatican tend to be almost quaint by the standards of modern industry or diplomacy: Pope John Paul II with a few well-read aides around a polished antique table. In recent weeks, strategy sessions have lengthened, sometimes stretching through lunch and beyond. The Pope is preparing for history.
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September 10, 1989 | From United Press International
Pope John Paul II has agreed to meet with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev when the Kremlin leader visits Rome in November, the Italian news agency ANSA said Saturday. The Vatican has not yet officially announced the meeting, but ANSA quoted Vatican sources as expressing certainty the historic meeting will take place. Gorbachev is due to arrive in Italy on Nov. 25.
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November 29, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blending the lessons of ancient history and modern terrorism, Rome will salute Mikhail S. Gorbachev today with a Caesar's welcome and high-tech security. Roman traffic, sludge at the best of times, will snarl to a halt this morning to clear passage for a procession of vehicles carrying the Soviet president, his wife, Raisa, and their party past cheering pedestrians and an army of 5,000 Soviet and Italian security agents, including sharpshooters atop imperial ruins and Renaissance palaces.
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November 18, 1989 | Reuters
Pope John Paul II and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev will meet at the Vatican on Dec. 1 for talks that could lead the Kremlin to legalize the banned Ukrainian Catholic Church and invite the Pope to Moscow. The meeting, announced by the Vatican in a brief statement Friday, will be the first between a Kremlin leader and a pontiff.
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