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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.

The Vatican remains calm: Pope does not change his Holy Week schedule

2016-03-22

The Vatican spokesman has confirmed that the Pope maintains his schedule for Holy Week, during which he will participate in four major public ceremonies at the Vatican and at the Colosseum in Rome.

Security measures have been increased throughout Rome and the Vatican, although there are no signs of a threat.

Since the beginning of the Jubilee, security measures have been noticeably visible in order to control pilgrims entering the Vatican. In fact, many have criticized the measures because they have  hindered accessibility to the basilica.

Tomorrow, the Pope will have the general audience in St. Peter's Square. The number of pilgrims in attendance will give us a clue as to whether or not the fear of attacks will affect Easter in Rome.

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