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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 approves the beatification of 26 martyrs from the Spanish Civil War

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He also recognized the martyrdom of the Romanian Juan Scheffler, victim of communist persecution in 1952 and of three German priests, victims of the Nazi regime in 1943.


This decree is the first step toward beatification. The Congregation for the Causes of Saints proclaimed this through authorization from the pope.

On this occasion the pope also approved the declaration of the heroic virtues of Maria Carmen Albarracín, a religious Claretian who died in Barcelona in 1946.

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