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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.

Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani turns 80. The number of cardinal electors drops to 115.


Cardinal Sebastiani has been responsible for handling delicate diplomatic work as nuncio in Madagascar and Turkey, especially in matters with Islam.

In 1997, John Paul II asked him to take charge of the Prefecture of Economic Affairs for the Holy See, which publishes the accounts of the Vatican every year. He held this position until 2008, when he turned 78.