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Pope Appeals for Syria, Prays Population Be Spared Additional Suffering

Laments Grave Situation in Syria, Affecting Schools, Hospitals, and Causing More Refugees

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Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for the Syrian population. 
Following the recitation of the Angelus, in St. Peter’s Square on July 1, 2018, he stressed: “The situation in Syria remains grave, in particular in the province of Deraa, where the military action of the past days has also affected schools and hospitals, and caused thousands of new refugees.” 
“I renew,”  the Holy Father added, “with my prayer my appeal so that the population is spared more sufferings, already harshly tried for years.”
Over the past days, Bachar el-Assad’s regime has continued its offensive against the rebels in Deraa, near the Jordanian border.

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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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