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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, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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