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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 Francis: When you help the sick, are you afraid to touch them?


Pilgrims filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday for Pope Francis' Angelus prayer. This week, the Pope asked the crowd to reflect on how to help the needy. He said that those who help the poor cannot be afraid to touch them.

"If we are to be imitators of Christ before the poor or the sick, we should not be afraid to look the afflicted person in the eye, and be close to the suffering person with tenderness and compassion.”

Pope Francis said that just as evil is contagious, so is goodness. He added that all Christians are called to be instruments of God's love.

"We must allow good to fill us. Let us be infected by goodness, and let us spread the good contagion.”

The Pope greeted those who attended the Consistory of cardinals and accompanied the new cardinals as they received their new positions.

"I appreciate the presence of official delegations from various countries who were present at this event."

And here is the applause that the 20 new cardinals, coming from 14 different countries, received.