New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, March 2,1963 BAPapal visitCentral American trip begins today in Costa Rica
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Pope John Paul II, en route to a nine-day tour of Central America, said today the first papal mission ever to the strife-torn region would be “a triumph of love, of concord, of peace.”
While his plane from Home refueled at Lisbon's Portela Airport, the pope told thousands of wellwishers that a successful tour would mean “peace among spirits, peace among men and peace among peoples.”
High Vatican officials say this journey is among the Polish-born pontiff’s most politically sensitive of his 17 trips overseas.
During his 10-ininute address. John Paul, the leader of the world’s Roman Catholics, indirectly-referred to the violence that has plagued parts of Central America in recent years.
“ My heart suffers with all the hearts that are wounded by the evil of violence in any part of the world.” he said.
Thus, the pope said he was making the trip to meet '“my brothers in countries very beloved to my heart” and show that “ love is stronger than sin and stronger titan death "
The pontiff thanked the people of Portugal for the warm welcome and called his visit last spring to the Portuguese shrine Our I .ady of Fatima in this country unforgettable.”
During that trip, an estimated I million Portugese attended an outdoor Mass he said in Lisbon arui
almost as many came to see the pontiff during the annual Fatima pilgrimage. That journey was marred when, from the throng, a Spanish renegade priest lunged at John Paul with a bayonet. The pontiff escaped injury.
The incident happened exactly a year after another unsuccessful assassination attempt was in St. Peter’s Square on May 13, 1981 when a Turkish gunman shot and wounded him.
Among today ’s crowd was Portugal's President Antonio Ramalho Fanes and Prime Minister Francisco Pinto Balsemao.
The special Alitalia DC-10 carrying the pope and an entourage of Holy See officials, bodyguards and reporters left Rome’s leonardo da Vinci Airport at 8:22a.m. 11:22a.m. CST).
After the refueling stop, the plane lands next in San Jose. Costa Rica.
The 62-year-old pontiff, wearing a white overcoat over his w hite vestments and a white skull cap, was seen off by top Vatican prelates including Cardinal Carlo Confalonieri, dean of the Sacred College of Cardinals and Cardinal Paolo Bertoli. who will be in charge of the Vatican during the pope's nine-day absence.
Diplomats accredited to the Vatican and Italian Interior Minister Virginio Rognoni also bade farewell to the pope.
John Paul was accompanied on the plane by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Agostmo
Casaroli, Deputy Secretary of State Spanish Archbishop Eduardo Martinez Somalo and other officials.
In addition to Costa Rica, ttje trip will take John Paul to Nicaragua, Panama, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize and Haiti in his 17th overseas journey as pontiff. I
All the countries on his itinerary are overwhelmingly Roman Catholic. Four are experiencing serious internal strife and one — Guatemala — has reported anonymous death threats made against the pope.
Holy See sources disclosed that in preparation for the pontiff’s trip, top Vatican officials conferred earlier this week with a special U.S. envoy sent to brief them on U.S. policy in Central America and elsewhere.
U.S. Ambassador at large, Vernon A. Walters, a former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency, met w*th high-level officials at the Vatican Monday, Vatican and U.S. sources said.
The meeting coincided with a controversy in Congress over President Reagan's policy on El Salvador and the administration’s request for an additional $60 million in aid to the country.
Walters. 65. a former romance language interpreter for Presidents Harry S. Truman. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Richard Nixon, is a devout Roman Catholic who has briefed the pontiff and his aides on U.S. policies several times previously.
QueenrReagan meet in rain
SANTA BARBARA. Calif (APi Queen Elizabeth II, who braved the worst weather Southern California had to offer to visit President Reagan’s ranch, once again has liad her sailing plans foiled by the severe storm The queen initially was set to cruise today from lamg Beach. Calif., to San Francisco aboard her elegant royal yacht, the MMS Britannia, but the White House announced late Tuesday that the royal party would fly instead Erie Rosenberger. tin* spokesman, said the queen, who was on her yacht, had no public schedule today but was planning to take off from the Long Beach airport in late afternoon It was tin* second time this week that the fien-o Pacific storm, which caused a tornado in Los Angeles, forced tile Britannia to stay put Instead of sailing to Santa Barbara near the Reagans' ranch, the queen flew
Keeping a stiff upper lip. the queen sloshed through pouring rain abandoning her limousine for a Navy bus at one point — and rode a four-wheel drive vehicle up to the president's mountaintop retreat for a luncheon rendezvous Tuesday
“ She’s a real trouper and a good sport.” presidential adviser Michael Heaver said after the queen and Prince Philip arrived at tile end of a treacherously foggy road that leads to Reagan’s Rancho del Cielo
Their journey up the mountain over, the Reagans and the royal couple posed for pictures in the dow npour. their clothes dripping
Aides say no changes due in policy in El Salvador
WASHINGTON AP' — A review ordered by President Reagan will propose no dramatic shifts in I S policy toward El Salvador, despite warnings of a deteriorating military situation there, administration officials say.
Instead, it will urge the United States essentially to stay the course” by providing more military aid for the Salvadoran army and continued support for M* ial and economic reforms, according to the officials who spoke only on condition they not be named
If you can’t stay the course, you can’t beat” the leftist guerrillas, said one official. “We’ve got to get serious about this."
On Monday. Reagan asktd Congress for $60 million in new military aal for the embattled Salvadoran army and a senior administration official said the president was considering increasing the number of non-combat US. advisers in El Salvador above the current ceiling of 55.
Meanwhile, a top State Department official said Tuesday that Cuban-backed unrest would spread toward Mexico and the Panama Canal if Washington lets El Salvador’s government be "knocked off” by leftist guerrillas,
The struggle would go on, but on battlefields where tin* slakes would be much higher. We cannot permit that." Thomas I), Enders, assistant secretary of slate for inter-American affairs, told a House panel.
Major national interests of the United States are at stake,” Enders said “ lf we allow a government that is reforming itself into a democracy' ... to be
knocked off by guerrillas who don't have the people with them, then no government in the isthmus will be safe. Nicaragua's Cuban and Soviet-supported “revolution without frontiers' would spread.” Administration officials also confirmed that U N. Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatnck returned from a recent trip to El Salvador with a sobering assessment of the civil war, which has seen the insurgents on the offensive for the past four months Mrs Kirkpatrick's assessment was ‘“gloomy from the point that it <the war situation) doesn't seem to be going anywhere. ...But not gloomy from the point of view of going down the drain/' said one Pentagon official.
What we're talking about is more of a psychological deterioration,” he said.
He added that the Salvadoran army had failed to capitalize on the promising” situation after the elections one year ago, when large numbers of Salvadorans turned out to vote despite guerrilla calls for an election boycott.
Now. he said, ‘ The army is in a defensive mode and above all is the very poor economic situation.” But the official said he saw little likelihood of a guerrilla victoryTwister leaves L.A. looking like'warzone'
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A terrified hospital patient “screamed and screamed” as a freak tornado smashed windows and tore down walls when it cut a 3-mile path of destruction through the city.
"It went black and everything went flying through the air outside — huge pieces of wood," said Patricia Goodman, 52, bedridden at Orthopedic Hospital after hip surgery. “Just like The Wizard of Oz.”
More than IOO buildings were damaged Tuesday and 25 people suffered minor injuries as a rare California twister careened through the southern downtown area.
Ten miles away in Pasadena, another twister lifted a car carrying one motorist at least 15 feet in the air. eyewitnesses said, while the National Weather Service said a third tornado may have touched down in Santa Ana.
"It’s unbelievable,” said Gerald Baker, a resident of the tornado-ravaged section of Ix>s Angeles. “You know we worry about earthquakes. but never this.”
The I^os Angeles twister caused at least $2.5 million in damage as it struck the huge Convention Center roof and Orthopedic Hospital.
"It looks like a war zone." Police Chief Daryl Gates said.
Although tornadoes occur every year in Southern California, National Weather Service specialist Dieter Crow ley said they are "very rare Everything has to be just in the right sequence."
No one was killed by the twister itself, but Los Angeles reserve police officer Stuart Tiara, 26, was killed and two others were injured when a helicopter apparently hit a power line and crashed while taking off from an emergency tornado command post Tuesday evening.
More than 200 officers spent the night patrolling a 250-block area that was closed to all but residents and businessmen, and police Officer Sergio Diaz said the department planned to send in officers on horseback this morning. However he said there was only one confirmed report of looting, at a shoe store, and no arrests.
Meanwhile, about 60 to 70 people, including one woman nine months pregnant and another who is epileptic, bunked down in an evacuation center at the girl’s gym in Manual Arts High School after eating fried chicken from a fast food restaurant, said Red Cross spokesman Joe Coria.
“We’ve got some people who are pretty shaken up,” Coria said. “We’ve had volunteers talking to them and keeping their children active."
Mayor Tom Bradley declared a local state of emergency and said he asked state and federal officials to declare the commercial and low-income residential section a disaster area.
The tornadoes occurred amid a storm that dumped 2.94 inches of rain on downtown (ais Angeles and more than IO inches on Mt. Wilson, about IO miles to the northeast.
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