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Pope Makes Impassioned Appeals for Syria & China During General Audience

‘Syria has been bleeding for years. Let us pray for Syria’

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Pope Francis has renewed his appeal for the Syrian population, and has made another appeal for China. 

Toward the end of his General Audience this morning, Feb. 12, 2020, in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, he stressed: “I would like everyone at this moment to pray for the beloved and tormented Syria.”

“Many families, many elderly, children, must flee the war,” Francis decried, lamenting: “Syria has been bleeding for years. Let us pray for Syria.”

“Also a prayer,” Pope Francis said, “for our Chinese brothers who suffer from this cruel disease.”

“May they find the way to recovery as soon as possible,” he concluded.

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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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