During Regina Caeli, Pope Appeals for Release of Bishops, Religious Kidnapped in Syria

Also Remembers Young Martyrs Killed During Spanish Civil War Beatified in Spain Saturday

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Pope Francis has appealed for the release of the bishops, priests, and religious who were kidnapped and are being held hostage in Syria.
During his Regina Caeli address yesterday at noon to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope prayed, ‘May the merciful God touch the heart of the kidnappers.’
On April 22, 2013, while traveling together, the Greek and Syrian Orthodox archbishops of Syria’s largest city of Aleppo were kidnapped, along with other religious.
Moreover, during yesterday’s address following the Jubilee Mass he celebrated for young people, the Argentine Pontiff recalled young martyrs killed during the Spanish Civil War who were beatified on Saturday in Burgos, Spain.
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Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, often from the Papal Flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has also asked him questions on the return-flight press conference on behalf of the English-speaking press present. Lubov has done much TV & radio commentary, including for NBC, Sky, EWTN, BBC, Vatican Radio, AP, Reuters and more. She also has contributed to various books on the Pope and has written for various Catholic publications. For 'The Other Francis': or

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