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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.

Templeton Foundation gives religious award to secular astrophysicist Martin Rees


According to organizers in charge of handing out the award, the research of Rees has “helped to address the fundamental problems of our nature and existence.”

Among his other accomplishments, Martin Rees has also been president of the British Royal Society.

Past winners of the award include Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Chiara Lubich, founder of the Focolare Movement and the Spanish biologist Francisco José Ayala.

In addition to international recognition, the distinction also carries an award of 1.6 million dollars.