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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 calls for a “new style” of politics in his message for peace


Pope Francis is focusing his new message for peace in forgiveness. Quoting his predecessor, Benedict XVI, he said that it is the Magna Carta of Christianity: loving one's enemy.
That is why Pope Francis highlights the importance of the victims of violence. He said their role is crucial because when "victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking.”
The pope asks for nuclear disarmament and a new style of international politics. He also praises "non-violence” practiced by leaders such as Gandhi or Martin Luther King and he insists that religious leaders take action against fundamentalism. "No religion is terrorist.”
Lastly, he underlined the role of family, because that is where one learns to live and share. Everyone, he concluded, can be a peacemaker with small, everyday gestures.

The World Day of Peace has been celebrated every January 1 for the last 50 years.