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Pope Appeals for End to Violence in Chile & Calls for Solutions

During General Audience, Urges Dialogue & Facing Problems Which Led to Crisis

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Pope Francis is praying for an end to the violence in Chile, and is appealing for solutions.

At the conclusion of his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis made a heartfelt appeal for the South American nation, stating: “I follow with concern what is happening in Chile.”

“I hope that, by putting an end to the violent demonstrations through dialogue, efforts will be made to find solutions to the crisis and to face the difficulties that have generated it, for the good of the entire population.”

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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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