Pope on Palm Sunday decries suffering from war, terrorism

Posted April 11, 2017

"He said those who ". suffer from slave labor, from family tragedies, from diseases. "It was an attack on dialogue, on peace", Monsignor Angelo Becciu, the Vatican's Substitute for General Affairs in the Secretariat of State, said in an interview in Monday's Corriere della Sera.

In his prayers for those affected by the attacks, the pope also expressed his deepest condolences to "my dear brother, His Holiness Pope Tawadros, the Coptic church and the entire beloved Egyptian nation", which the pope was scheduled to visit April 28-29.

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Sunday decried a deadly attack on a Coptic church in Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations, just weeks before his planned visit to Cairo. "May the Lord convert the hearts of people who sow terror, violence and death and even the hearts of those who produce and traffic in weapons".

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The pope, cardinal and bishops were dressed in red vestments, the color of the Passion, and carried large "palmurelli", bleached and intricately woven and braided palm branches. "Every young person has something to say to others, has something to say to adults, to priests, to sisters, to bishops and to the Pope!"

While the pope was celebrating mass for tens of thousands of people, the Vatican received word on one of the blasts.

Later, returning to his appeal that they speak to their grandparents, the pope said, "I don't know if it will be me, but the pope will be in Panama and he will ask you, 'Did you speak with your elders?'" "Women and men who are cheated, violated in their dignity, discarded", he added.

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Pope Francis has repeatedly said he doesn't expect to be pope for a long time and didn't rule out resignation as what Pope Benedict XVI, his predecessor, did.

As we listen to the crowd joyfully acclaim Jesus as our King, let us also reflect on "the slanders and insults, the snares and betrayals, the abandonment to an unjust judgment, the blows, the lashes and the crown of thorns, and lastly, the way of the cross leading to the crucifixion", the Pope said.

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