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On Return Flight to Rome, Pope Touches on Host of Issues

During In-Flight Presser, Francis Speaks About Terrorism, Venezuela, Abuses in Australia

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Shortly after taking off from Poland, Pope Francis did not shy away from journalists’ questions on a variety of topics.
During the in-flight Q&A session with press returning to Rome, led by Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, whose official last day before retirement was yesterday, the Pontiff responded to questions about the nature and causes of terrorism in the world and the ongoing crises in Venezuela.
He, of course, also discussed the World Youth Day held in Krakow this week and his impressions of his first visit to Poland, marking his 15th Apostolic Visit abroad, including what he finds special about the Polish people.
During the question session, Pope Francis also responded to questions about the ongoing investigation of how the Church has responded to abuse cases in Australia and also spoke about Panama, where, he announced yesterday, World Youth Day 2019 will be held.
ZENIT will bring our readers a full English translation of the press conference shortly.

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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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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