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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: Environmental encyclical “is aimed at everyone”


Pope Francis said after the Angelus prayer that his encyclical, which will be released on Thursday June 18th, is meant for everyone and that the world must treat the environment more responsibly. 

"To accompany this encyclical, I invite renewed attention to environmental degradation and to the need to recover our own territory. This encyclical is aimed at everyone. Let us pray that all may receive its message and grow in responsibility toward the common house that God has entrusted to us at all.”

Just moments before saying that the encyclical was meant for everyone, the Pope reflected on the Gospel. He said that small actions can create great change in the world.

"Our modest work, seemingly small, given the complexity of the problems of the world, with God included does not seem so difficult. The victory of the Lord is sure: His love will sprout and will grow every seed of goodness on Earth. This opens us to trust and hope, despite the tragedies, injustices, and suffering that we encounter. The seed of goodness and peace sprouts and grows, because it matures through the merciful love of God.”

The world is a gift from God, the Pope added, and people must work together within it. He encouraged everyone to carry a pocket-sized Gospel with them and to read it daily

Sunday was World Blood Donor Day, and the Pope recognized the occasion after the Angelus prayer. He expressed appreciation to donors and encouraged young people to donate blood as well.