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Pope sends condolences and solidarity to Cairo after bus attack

May 26, 2017. Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin, wrote a letter to His Excellency Abdel Fattah Al Sisi after the bus attack Friday in Cairo, which left close to 30 Coptic Christians dead, including children, and many others injured.
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Pope sends condolences to Manchester after attack

May 23, 2017. After the deadly terrorist attack at Victoria Station in Manchester, England, the pope has sent his condolences to the victims and their families.

Pope calls for strong and concrete initiatives against racism

2009-04-20

Benedict XVI
“I offer my sincere hope that the delegates attending the conference in Geneva work together in a spirit of dialogue and mutual acceptance, to put an end to all forms of racism, discrimination and intolerance.”
 
Sadly, not all share the Pope’s support.  Several countries including Israel, the United States, Germany and Italy have boycotted the conference. Those countries deem as "unacceptable" the working documents that say Zionism is a racist ideology and fear that the meeting will become a "case against Israel." Moreover, they are critical of the participation of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

The Vatican representative said the conference is crucial to combat discrimination, and that not going is the same as remaining indifferent to the problem.

The Pope used the Regina Coeli prayer to thank everyone for the warm wishes that he has received for his birthday and for the fourth anniversary of his election as Pope.

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