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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.

Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga: Member and coordinator of the Pope's 'G8' Commission


Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga will oversee the commission of eight Cardinals that will advise the Pope on reforming the Curia and the governance of the Church.  The Honduran prelate has years of experience, especially when it comes to governance. John Paul II made him Cardinal in 2001, which is the same day Bergoglio was made a Cardinal. 

He worked with the Pope hand in hand many times throughout Latin America. They would see each other during the conferences for the Latin American bishops, and they worked closely when they drafted the so called Aparecida Document in 2007. The Pope continues using this text now. He often gives a copy to each Latin American leader he meets with in Rome.

The task of Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga will be to coordinate the group's work, which will revolve around the concerns cardinals raised during the private meetings they held just days before the conclave. It was during those 'general congregation' meetings that the idea to have a reform commission was first raised. 

Pope Francis himself has acknowledged that it was during those general congregation meetings, that cardinals asked for a commission to reform the Roman Curia and the governance of the Church.