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posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:18 PM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 30, 2017, 9:18 PM ]

Pope's telegram of condolence after terror attacks in Egypt

Pope Francis has sent a telegram of condolence for the November 24 attack on a mosque in Egypt, saying he was "profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North Sinai."

​At least 235 people were killed as they gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed.​ ​Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the mosque, before opening fire on people as they attempted to flee.


Ukraine: Pope remembers Famine Victims

After the Angelus on Sunday, November 26, Pope Francis spoke of the Holodomor, the Stalinist famine that killed millions, in the presence of some 30,000 people, and he invoked peace over the country.

"In particular, I salute the Ukrainian community for remembering the tragedy of the Holodomor, the death by hunger caused by the Stalinist regime with millions of victims. I pray for Ukraine, so that the strength of faith can help heal the wounds of the past and promote paths of peace, "the Pope said in Italian.


Pope prays for 'seeds of peace' in South Sudan & DRC

Pope Francis led a special prayer service in St Peter's Basilica for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

"We want to sow seeds of peace in the lands of South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo, and in all lands devastated by war," the Pope said on November 23. He called for courageous peace efforts through dialogue and negotiations.


Pope salutes beatification

Pope Francis on November 26 saluted the beatification of Mother Catalina de María Rodríguez (November 27, 1823, Cordoba – April 5, 1896), in her homeland, Argentina, in Córdoba, on Nov. 25, 2017 and her passion "for the Heart of Jesus and for humanity."

His comments came after the Angelus in St Peter's Square, in the presence of some 30,000 people. He spoke about the founder of the Slaves of the Heart of Jesus, (Hermanas Esclavas del Corazón de Jesús)—"the first female religious institute of apostolic life in Argentina."


Highest-level security for Pope

Bangladesh enforced the highest security level for the trip of Pope Francis to the Muslim-majority nation, law enforcement officials said. The Pope was in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. Local media reported that thousands of police, paramilitary and detectives were deployed in the capital during the papal visit.

"Pope Francis is a global leader and his coming is a matter of great honour for us. So we are very serious about his security. During his visit, police will intently monitor militancy, conduct block raids from time to time, and remain watchful about any radical group trying to spread hate," Inspector General of Police, A.K.M. Shadidul Hoque told DMP News, Dhaka Police news portal on Nov. 22.


Kofi Annan shares hopes for Pope Francis' visit

Former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan met earlier this month with Pope Francis to discuss global concerns, including the humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. After the audience, he talked about his hopes for a return to peace and stability in Rakhine state, as well as his expectations for the Pope's visit to the country.

Speaking of his role as chair of an advisory commission on Myanmar's northern Rakhine state, Annan said it came up with recommendations which "if applied in the manner we hope, could lead to resolving some of the root causes" of the crisis. The government has accepted the report, as well as other organisations, he says, so "we need to build a road map, based on the recommendations, and work together to implement it."