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Pope Francis Encourages Initiative for Syria Through Caritas Poland

A Bus With Young People from Persecuted Country

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Pope Francis has encouraged a Polish initiative to help Syria, especially victims of persecution.
At his General Audience on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, the Pope welcomed a delegation from Caritas Poland, who came to Rome with young Syrians, aboard the «Young Carita Bus,» a «mobile embassy of Caritas Youth,» to launch the campaign «to sensitize society to the problems of the poorest.»
The initiative, the Holy Father said, promotes «youth volunteering and helping victims of persecution in Syria.»
The Young Caritas Bus, which he blessed during the meeting, will transport a statue of Our Lady of Aleppo.
«During the prayers of May,» Pope Francis urged, «entrust to Mary, Queen of Poland, the life of the Church, your fatherland and your families.» He also said to pray for peace in the world, and in a special way in the Middle East.
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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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