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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 receives President Zardari of Pakistan

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In the exchange of official gifts, President Zardari gave the pope a rug from his country, and in return the pope gave him a portrait of St. Peter’s Square and medals from his pontificate.

Pakistan is one of a handful of countries in the world that calls itself an Islamic republic. It means that Islam, the majority religion, is a cornerstone element of Pakistan’s government.

In recent months, Christians have been persecuted more and more in Pakistan. Last month Benedict sent a telegram to the Bishop of Faisalabad expressing solidarity after seven Christians were burnt alive in Pakistan.

About 2.8 million people, just over 1% of the total population of Pakistan, is Christian making it a vulnerable demographic to extremist groups in the country.

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