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to meet
From UPI and AP
ACCRA, Ghana-Pope John Paul II
yesterday warned African nations not
to allow themselves to be exploited or
their culture diluted by advanced
nations prospecting for economic or
political gains.
The pope gave his warning in a
greeting to Ghana President Hilla
Limann after flying the breadth of
Africa from Kenya to Ghana.
the new Archbishop of Canterbury,
Robert Runcie, head of the worldwide
Anglican Communion. The two
prelates, whose churches are trying to
draw closer together after centuries of
division, were scheduled to meet this
In an arrival address at Kotoka Air-
port, Pope John Paul told Liman and
other dignitaries in the welcoming par-
ty that theirs "is a country blessed in so
many ways."
"To all of you I say I have come as
your friend. I have come to be with the
poor, to comfort the sick, to speak a
word of encouragement and hope to
those who are lonely, abandoned or in
pain ... At the beginning of my visit of
friendship and peace in Ghana, I invoke
upon this land and its people abundant
blessings from Almighty God."
Ghana, a nation potentially rich in
minerals, farmland and other resour-
ces, is the smallest of the African lands
the pope has visited thus far. Almost
half of the total population of 10 million
is Christian, but only slightly more than
one million of those are Roman
Catholics. Another one million are
"Too often relations between states
and governments, esoecially when
viewed in the context of political and
economic development, are seen in
terms of mere self-interest, of
strengthening already dominant
positions, and of pressure applied
through aid," John Paul said.
"The result is that older and
economically more advanced nations
fail to see that the young countries have
much more to offer than simply a share
of their natural resources or being a
market for the products of the in-
dustrialized nations."
"Africa has something distinctive to
offer to the world," John Paul said,
raising his voice.
"I therefore say to Ghana and all
Africa: preserve your culture. Let it
become enriched through exchange
with other cultures but do not let your
own culture die."

AP Photo
POPE JOHN PAUL looks down a line of Kenyan honor guard troops yesterday just before his departure from Kenya after
a two-day visit there. The Pope's next stop on his six-nation African tour is Ghana.

Junior high
pupil granted
with Nixon
class at Booker T. Washington Junior
High School in Harlem on March 31 was
to interview someone famous.
So Morris paddled downtown to
Nixon's new townhouse at 142 E. 65th
St., and handed a letter requesting an
interview to a Secret Service agent who
answered the door.
mother woke the would-be interviewer
early one morning and told her son
Nixon was calling him.
"Be at my home by 2 p.m.," Nixon
Morris was there, equipped with a
tape recorder and a list of questions.
"What's it take to become president,
is that what you want to know?" Nixon
The interview lasted 30 minutes
during which Nixon discussed school,
politics, and soorts.
How does he think he'll do when rep-
ort cards come out? "I think I'll get a
good grade."

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