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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.
Pope Francis

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 asks Catholic politicians to act "in a manner coherent with the teaching of the Church"


The pope took advantage of the gathering to ask the Catholic laity to participate in politics. An indirect way of reminding priests they should stay out of this area.

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“It is up to the lay faithful to show - in their personal and family life, in social cultural and political life - that the faith enables them to read reality in a new and profound way, and to transform it.”

The Pontifical Council for the Laity is the Vatican department in charge of promoting the role of Catholics who are not priests or religious. Among members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity are fathers and mothers of families and professionals of every kind.