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Pope undeterred by Egypt church bombings; to go ahead with Egypt visit

Even when more than 40 people were killed and several injured in recent bombings in churches in Egypt, Pope Francis will not reschedule his planned visit to Egypt later this month. Pope Francis will visit Egypt on April 28 and 29, just as it was planned earlier. The bombings have caused unimaginable suffering, but it cannot prevent the Pope from spreading his message of peace, said a spokesperson from the Vatican. The Pope is confident that the Egyptian government will act in a way that will help promote the message of peace.

It may be recalled that yesterday’s bombings were among the deadliest that were targeted at the minority Christian community in Egypt. The two bombings occurred in churches in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and Tanta north of Cairo. The Pope has expressed condolences for those killed in the bombings. This will be the second time in history that a Roman Catholic Pope will be visiting Egypt. The first such visit was by John Paul II in February 2000. The slogan for Pope Francis’ visit is “Pope of peace in Egypt of peace”.

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