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Pope to Go to Bari for Ecumenical Encounter for Peace on July 7th

Announcing Trip, Greg Burke Says It Will Be a Day of Prayer and Reflection for Middle East

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Pope Francis will go to Bari in Southern Italy for Ecumenical Encounter for Peace on July 7th, announced Holy See Press Office Director Greg Burke to journalists present during the Council of Cardinals briefing.
The Vatican spokesman stressed that it will be a day of prayer and reflection for the situation in the Middle East and that local Church Leaders are to be invited.
The Press Office then released the following statement: “On July 7th, the Holy Father will go to Bari, on the Eastern coast of Italy that is home to the relics of St. Nicholas, for a day of reflection and prayer on the dramatic situation in the Middle East that afflicts so many brothers and sisters in the faith. ”
“At this ecumenical meeting for peace, he intends to invite the Heads of Churches and Christian communities of that region. From now on, Pope Francis exhorts us to prepare for this event with prayer.”

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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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