A Family Will Teach the Pope the Words of the Sign of the Cross in Arabic

Children Representing Holy Land Say the Lesson on April 27, During Catholic Action’s International Congress, Will Help Pope Prepare for Trip to Egypt

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A family from Bethlehem will teach Pope Francis the words of the Sign of the Cross in Arabic, the day before he leaves for Egypt for his 18th Apostolic Visit to Cairo, April 28-29.
“In this way, the Pope will be more prepared for his visit,” said children Anthony and Lea, who together with their parents, Vincenzo and Carol Bellomo, are representatives of the Holy Land in Catholic Actions 2nd International Congress.
In collaboration with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, the congress begins April 27, 2017, in the New Synod Hall of the Vatican.
The Holy Father is expected to say some words to the Congress, whose theme is “Catholic Action Is Mission, With All and for All.” The Bellomo family, together with the lay people of Catholic Action of Lampedusa and Central Africa, will give a small testimony before Pope Francis’ address.
Some 300 participants from 52 countries will attend the international event, among them bishops and leaders of the laity from several episcopal conferences and from 14 international entities.
The congress is part of the celebration of Catholic Action’s 150th anniversary, which will begin on April 30 in St. Peter’s Square with Pope Francis.

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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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