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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.

The pope is “outraged” over sexual abuse cases in Ireland, promises solutions

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For three years, a government commission was investigating the Archdiocese of Dublin and found hundreds of crimes were committed. The report accuses some bishops of protecting the perpetrators and not turning them in to police. The report also accused the Irish authorities of ignoring some complaints.

P. Federico Lombardi
Vatican Spokesperson

“The Pope expressed his grief and preoccupation and as well the willingness to help the Church to commit itself so that it does not happen anymore, abuses are a betrayal to the Church’s mission and to the testimony that it has to give.”

Card. Seán Brady
President, Episcopal Conference of Ireland

“He said they the Holy See would be following very closely to figure out how this tragedy took place and to ensure that measures are taken and to ensure it will never reoccur again.”

Mons. Diarmuid Martin
Archbishop of Dublín (Ireland)

“The experts will tell you the percentage of pedophiles in any society remain steady, constant this is a huge problem that has to be addressed and we’re addressing, other churches and the U.S particularly, to ensure that pedophiles don’t drift into system either as priests or any other church occupation.”

The pope has assured the victims that the Catholic Church will follow “this grave matter with the closest attention to better understand how these shameful events came to pass and how to make sure they don’t happen again.”

Benedict XVI has announced he will publish a Pastoral Letter, a special Papal document, with concrete initiatives that are to be taken in response to the situation.

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