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Announcement: Pope to Celebrate a Mass for Migrants in St. Peter's Basilica

On Fifth Anniversary of Pope Francis’ Visit to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013

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Despite technically being on ‘summer break,’ Pope Francis will celebrate a Mass for Migrants, at the Altar of the Chair, in St. Peter’s Basilica on Friday, July 6, at 11 a.m, announced Director of the Holy See Press Office, Greg Burke, in a statement this morning.
The Mass coincides with the fifth anniversary of the visit of Pope Francis to Lampedusa on July 8, 2013.
According to the statement, the Mass will be a time of prayer for the dead, for the survivors and for those who assist them. Approximately 200 people are expected, including refugees and caregivers.
While always free, participation is reserved for those with tickets.

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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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