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JUST IN: Pope Francis to Return to Bari in February, Marking 1st Confirmed Travel of 2020

Saying Mass at ‘Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace’ Encounter

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It’s official: Pope Francis will be returning to the southern Italian city of Bari this February, marking the Pontiff’s first confirmed travel outside of Rome this New Year.

According to a bulletin this afternoon with a calendar of Francis’ liturgical events in January and February, it was written that on Sunday, Feb. 23, Pope Francis will be celebrating Mass at the “Mediterranean: Frontier of Peace” encounter, taking place in Puglia’s capital in those days.

Francis has been to Bari before. ZENIT Senior Vatican Correspondent, Deborah Castellano Lubov, followed the Pope’s last trip there on the ground, where he, along with Patriarchs of the Middle East Churches gathered in an ecumenical gesture for peace.

https://zenit.org/articles/feature-pope-francis-visits-city-of-st-nicholas-in-unprecedented-ecumenical-gesture-for-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': http://www.gracewing.co.uk/page219.html or https://www.amazon.com/Other-Francis-Everything-They-about/dp/0852449348/

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