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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.

Vatican officially recognizes Palestinian State in treaty


Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday May 16th. 

The news of the visit comes on the same day the Vatican officially recognized Palestine as a state. 
It's part of a bilateral treaty that has yet to be signed, but it does refer to Palestine as a state instead of the Palestine Liberation Organization. 

Even though the Holy See has referred to Palestine as a state over the past year, this marks the first official diplomatic communication to clearly refers to it as such. 

On Sunday, the day after Abbas meets with the Pope, two new saints from the Holy Land will be canonized by the Pope. Abbas plans to attend the ceremony in St. Peter's Square.