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Trud Reporter to be First Soviet Journalist on Papal Flight

December 22, 1989

VATICAN CITY (AP) _ A reporter from the newspaper Trud will accompany Pope John Paul II on a papal trip to Africa next month, the first time a Soviet journalist will travel on one of the pontiff’s visits.

The Vatican on Friday released a list of 50 journalists who will fly aboard a specially outfitted plane that will take the pope, Vatican officials and many from the Vatican press corps on an eight-day trip to Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Burkina Faso, Chad and Cape Verde.

On the list was Soviet journalist Pavel Nigoitsa, who is accredited with the Vatican press office.

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