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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.

Italy offers Verdi, Beethoven concert to Pope to mark anniversary of Lateran pacts

2013-02-04

The concert, performed by the Mayo Musical Florentino Orchestra, under the direction of the Indian maestro Zubin Mehta, was a gift from the Italian Embassy to the Holy See to Benedict XVI and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano. It marks the 84 anniversary of the Lateran Pacts, which officially gave the Vatican full sovereignty over its modern day territory. 


The accords between Italy and the Holy See came to be defined by the motto “a free Church in a free state." 

The overture by Verdi was chosen to celebrate the bicentennial of his birth. The Heroic Symphony was initially dedicated to Napoleon Bonaparte, but it was finally titled “Heroic symphony composed to celebrate the memory of a great man.” 


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