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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 heads toward Lebanon amid Mid-East Turmoil


All of these recent developments come on top of expectations as to how the pope would handle visiting a country that was next door to the ongoing civil war in Syria. Currently, Lebanon is handling a wave of tens of thousands of refugees. At its current rate, it's expected some 40,000 Syrian refugees will be in Lebanon by December. 

In addition to these realities, Benedict XVI will be delivering his Apostolic Exhortation on the Middle East, a document that will address the situation of Christians in the region.