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Pope Departs for Apostolic Visit in Colombia

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Pope Francis has departed from Rome and is headed toward Latin America.
This morning, the papal flight, Alitalia A330, carrying the Pope, his entourage and journalists, took off from Rome’s Fiumicino Airport.
The Holy Father’s visit to Colombia marks his 20th international Apostolic Trip and his fifth journey to Latin America.
As is customary, the Pope sent telegrams to the Heads of States of the countries he flew over.
On ZENIT’s Web page:
Pope’s Program in Colombia: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2017/06/23/programme_of_pope_francis_apostolic_journey_to_colombia/1321057

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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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