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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.

Cardinal Bechara Boutros Rai, warrior for peace in the Middle East

2013-02-26

He is known for his conciliatory tone and his desire for peace. On the release of an offensive video of the prophet Mohammed, spurring mass protests violence against American embassies, the cardinal asked the UN to condemn insults to religion. He said the video was not only insulting to Islam, but to all religions.

Bechara Boutros Rai lived in Rome for some time as the director of the Arab transmissions of Vatican Radio. In addition to Arab, he speaks French, English, Spanish and Italian. This next few weeks he will prepare to lead the ceremony for the Way of the Cross for Good Friday at Rome's Colosseum.

His latest effort in search for peace took place during his February 9 trip to Syria. It was the first time a Maronite Patriarch stepped foot on that country, since Lebanon achieved independence on 1943.


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