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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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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.

Papal trip to Spain: Key points from the liturgy of dedication of the Sagrada Familia


Then, incense was then lighted on the altar to make it sacred.  After this, the altar was covered with a tablecloth, candles, and flowers for the celebration of Mass. 

Finally, all the lights were turned up in the church to symbolize the presence of Christ, the light of the world.

Once this ritual is completed, Mass may then be celebrated at the altar.